August 30, 2018 00:47:20
Officers have found human remains in a fish tank inside the home of a man who was reported missing weeks ago, San Francisco police say.
- Officers searched home for two days before finding body
- Fish tank was “in a concealed part of the home”
- Police have identified two “people of interest”
Investigators discovered the remains on August 17 and are awaiting the results of an autopsy and identification of the body, police Commander Greg McEachern said.
The body was found in the home of Brian Egg, 65, who was reported missing in late July after family and friends hadn’t had contact with him since June, Commander McEachern said.
Local media reported the torso found in the fish tank was without a head.
Officers in early August visited Mr Egg’s home three times and left after each visit when no one answered the door, Commander McEachern said.
There were no signs of foul play, he said.
“We don’t make entry into people’s homes just because there’s a missing person’s report,” Commander McEachern said.
On the night of August 14, neighbours called police after they noticed crime-scene tape around Mr Egg’s home and a private crime-scene cleaner and a stranger outside.
Responding officers reported a strong decaying odour and cleaning supplies inside and arrested the stranger, Robert McCaffrey, 52, on suspicion of homicide, identity theft and other charges.
Investigators returned the next day with a search warrant and dogs trained in finding bodies, Commander McEachern said.
After two days of searching the house, they found the body stuffed in a fish tank “in a concealed part of the home”, Commander McEachern said.
Police also arrested Lance Silva, 39, on suspicion of homicide and identity theft, he said.
Commander McEachern called Mr McCaffrey and Mr Silva “people of interest”.
Mr McCaffrey was released from jail after the San Francisco district attorney’s office said it required more evidence to charge the men, including cause of death and the identity of the body found.
Mr Silva was transferred to Alameda County jail, where he is being held on an alleged probation violation.