SF medical examiner confirms suspect in dismembered body case is dead

Courtesy of SFPDSan Francisco police are seeking information on this man.

Courtesy of SFPDSan Francisco police are seeking information on this man.

The San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office on Monday officially confirmed that the man arrested in connection with the dismembered body found on a South of Market street late last month died Saturday.

Mark Andrus, 54, of San Francisco was arrested Jan. 31 in connection with the body parts discovery. Earlier that day, police had released surveillance camera footage they said showed Andrus in the area of 11th Street between Market and Mission streets, where on Jan. 28 police made the gruesome discovery of a human torso in a suitcase and another human body part nearby.

Earlier reports from police listed Andrus' age as 59.

After his arrest, he was booked by police on a murder charge. But on Feb. 3, the District Attorney's Office announced there was not sufficient evidence against Andrus to pursue the case and he was released from custody.

Public Defender Jeff Adachi accompanied Andrus during his release and set him up in a residential hotel. Adachi confirmed over the weekend that his client had died of septic shock after being hospitalized for a drug-related reason.

The Medical Examiner's Office said it is still investigating the cause of Andrus' death.

The identification of the human remains discovered on 11th Street is pending as well.

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