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Dismembered human body parts in suitcase, on streets in San Francisco

Dismembered human body parts found in suitcase, on streets in downtown San Francisco

Dismembered human body parts were found Wednesday in a suitcase and scattered around a three-block radius in downtown San Francisco, police said.

Police responded about 4:15 p.m. to reports of a suspicious package on 11th Street between Market and Mission streets, said Officer Grace Gatpandan.

After opening the suitcase, officers found the body parts. On-scene staff from the San Francisco Medical Examiner's office confirmed that the remains were those of a human, Gatpandan said.

As investigators searched the city's South of Market neighborhood, human remains were found at three locations within a three block radius.

"There was one crime scene -- it was just very large," Gatpandan said.

Police could not confirm that all of the body parts belonged to one person.

Investigators have identified and are actively searching for a suspect wanted in connection with the dismembered body, but declined to release further details.

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UPDATE

9:57 p.m.: This story was updated throughout with additional details about the investigation.

This story was originally published at 7:51 p.m.

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