Body found in trash bin at S.F. apartment building

The discovery of a body wrapped in a plastic bag and placed in a garbage bin in the basement of an apartment complex near Union Square is being investigated as a homicide by the San Francisco Police Department.

Officers received a call reporting the body at 520 Taylor St. a little before noon Thursday, according to police spokesman Sgt. Neville Gittens.

Investigators have not determined the age or sex of the body, Gittens said. They are still trying to figure out how long the body has been in the bin.

The bin, a trash receptacle on wheels — not a Dumpster-sized container — was placed near a service door in the apartment complex, Gittens said.

The person who called police alerting them of the body is being questioned by officers, Gittens said.

The building where the body was discovered is next door to the Les Nuit de Paris massage parlor. Gittens said the death doesn’t appear to be related to the massage parlor.

If the death is ruled a homicide, it would be San Francisco’s 74th this year. The last recorded homicide was Friday, when 18-year-old Joshua Cameron was shot and killed in the Western Addition neighborhood.

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