"A 'person of interest' pictured in photos widely distributed by police was detained Friday night in the gruesome case of a dismembered body found in a suitcase South of Market," San Francisco Chronicle reported, citing police officials.
It is unclear whether the man was involved in the crime, however, a video camera caught him in the area where the case was found. Police officials have not yet disclosed the identity of the man, who was questioned by investigators at the Hall of Justice on late Friday, according to Officer Grace Gatpandan, a police spokeswoman.
"Homicide has to figure out whether this person is involved with the crime," the officer noted.
The person was detained shortly after police had obtained surveillance footage, showing a man wearing light blue jeans, a blue and orange jacket and a striped baseball cap, not far from a Goodwill’s As-Is Store, an area where the gruesome discovery was made.
The case full of human body parts, mixed with garbage, was spotted on Wednesday, January 28 on 11th Street between Mission and Market streets, San Francisco Chronicle elaborates. While scouring 11th Street and its nearby San Francisco police officers found more body parts.
USA Today reports that San Francisco medical examiners confirmed that the mutilated body parts belonged to a human, however, they noted that the race and gender of the victim was unknown. It is worth mentioning that on Friday a medical expert, quoted by San Francisco Chronicle, suggested that the remains were of a "light-skinned male," adding that a DNA analysis was needed to identify the person. It is not yet clear whether the other parts, discovered in the area, belonged to the same victim.
Several individuals were detained, questioned and then released by San Francisco police officials. At least two men are currently being questioned by detectives in connection with the case, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.