Trail of Blood Leads to Marina Body

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    NEWSLETTERS

    This image shows the trail of blood that appears to lead to the body found in the San Francisco arena.

    The body of a young man was found floating in the water near San  Francisco's Fort Mason this morning after a blood trail was reported Monday  night, police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

    Police have not yet released the man's name but said he was white  and about 19 years old. They are investigating the death as a homicide.

    Police received a call at about 10:30 p.m. Monday from someone who  had seen fresh blood in the area of Buchanan Street, Dangerfield said.

    Officers responded, found the blood and searched the area but  didn't locate any victims.

    This morning, at about 6:36 a.m., another caller reported a body  floating in the Bay near a pier at Fort Mason, Dangerfield said. Police  returned to the area and located the body, which was fully clothed.

    Investigators discovered a trail of blood leading from outside a  post office at Beach and Buchanan streets to a spot near where the body was  found, he said.

    "The trail goes all the way across the street toward the pier,"  Dangerfield said.

    Tuesday morning, there were still spatters of blood outside the post  office door. The trail led across the Beach Street intersection and into a  parking lot where a large bloodstain was visible. Trickles of blood led from  there toward the water. 

    Mid-morning, police expanded the crime scene and had blocked off  Buchanan Street between Bay and Beach streets, as well as parts of Marina  Boulevard.

    Pedestrians and bicyclists, including a steady stream of tourists  on bikes rented from Fisherman's Wharf, are being detoured around the crime  scene. 

    A Sausalito man riding his bike through the area this morning was  taken aback when he learned what had happened.

    "I can't believe it," said the man, who declined to give his name. 

    Police are speaking with potential witnesses and are trying to  piece together what happened.

    Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Police  Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text  message to TIP411.