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Man Stuffed in Suitcase Killed Before He Was Dismembered: SF Medical Examiner

The San Francisco Medical Examiner says a man whose dismembered body was found in a suitcase is a homicide victim.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday that authorities have not said if they've located a crime scene in the killing of 58-year-old Omar Shahwan.

The determination means authorities believe Shahwan was killed before he was dismembered. Pathologists also found cocaine, heroin and methadone in Shahwan’s system, according to a toxicology report released with the autopsy findings.

Shahwan's headless torso was stuffed in a suitcase and left in front of a store about a week after he left his suburban San Francisco home on Jan. 21. His leg was tossed into a nearby trash bin, and his head and hands remain missing. A week later the suitcase was found.

Fervent public attention swelled after The key suspect in the case, 54-year-old Mark Jeffrey Andrus, was released from jail due to lack of evidence and died days later.

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