Human Remains Found Near San Francisco Golf Course

Pungent odor leads to gruesome discovery

San Francisco homicide and forensics investigators are excavating a hilly area in McLaren Park where human remains were found Monday afternoon.

Police spokesman Sgt. Wilfred Williams said a San Francisco Recreation and Park Department crew saw a leg sticking out from under a tarp at about 10:30 a.m. while cleaning out a homeless encampment near the Gleneagles International Golf Course.

The area is at Sunnydale and Persia avenues on the western side of the park.

"As they were driving away from a particular area, they noticed a leg sticking out from underneath a blue tarp," said Williams. He said the find was accompanied by a pungent odor. The crew then notified police, Williams said.

Police roped off an approximately 50-square-yard area where units from homicide, crime scene investigation, the crime lab and the medical examiner's office are investigating, according to Williams.

A body was found in a shallow grave, police said, but they have yet to determine the age, gender or race of the  person, or how long the remains had been there, he said.

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