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Body found in fish tank in missing man’s San Francisco home

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Brian Egg, who was reported missing in July.
(San Francisco Police Department via Associated Press)

San Francisco police say they have found human remains in a fish tank inside the home of a man who was reported missing weeks ago.

Police Cmdr. Greg McEachern said Tuesday that investigators discovered the remains Aug. 17 and are awaiting the results of an autopsy and identification of the body.

McEachern said the body was found in the home of 65-year-old Brian Egg, who was reported missing in late July. He said officers visited and left Egg’s home three times in early August without making contact with anyone.

Neighbors called police Aug. 14 when they spotted a private crime-scene cleaning company and a stranger outside Egg’s home. Responding officers reported a strong decaying odor and cleaning supplies inside.

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Scott Free, one of Egg’s neighbors, told the San Francisco Chronicle that he called police after two strangers answered Egg’s door.

“It’s horrifying,” Free said. “A dead body was in the house this entire time.”

McEachern said Lance Silva, 39, and 52 year-old Robert McCaffrey, were arrested Aug. 16 on suspicion of homicide, fraud, theft, identity theft and elder abuse.

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.

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Silva remains in custody for a probation violation.


UPDATES:

8:20 p.m.: This article was updated with information about possible suspects.

This article was originally published at 4:15 p.m.


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