A headless corpse in a fish tank was found in the SoMa home of a missing man, police said Tuesday, which marks the second bizarre dismemberment case of the summer.
Family members and concerned neighbors of 65-year-old Brian Egg contacted police, which made two well-being checks and reported no suspicious activity or answers to the door of his home at 228 Clara St., near Folsom and 5th streets. It wasn’t until a neighbor called 911 reporting a suspicious person outside with a crime scene cleaning truck that police entered the residence and found suspicious odors and cleaning products.
The second day of operating under a search warrant on Aug. 17, police found a torso in a large fish tank in a concealed part of the residence. The identity and cause of death is still pending from the Medical Examiner’s office, police said Tuesday.
Egg was last seen by family or friend in late May or early June, according to police.
No charges have been filed in connection with the body, but police arrested Lance Silva, 39, and Robert McCaffrey, 52, related to the missing person case on Aug. 16. Both were charged with theft of an elder, fraud, grand theft, and motor vehicle theft, according to booking records.
Silva is in custody in Alameda County on charges that he violated probation while McCaffery is out of custody after being discharged by the District Attorney’s office pending further investigation. Police are seeking public assistance for information on the missing person case.
The body echoes a case from earlier this summer, when 47-year-old Lisa Gonzales was accused of killing and dismembering her roommate, 61-year-old Margaret Mamer. In May, police went to their Mission District building to conduct a welfare check and found Mamer’s body stuffed in a plastic container.
Gonzales began renting a room to Mamer in August 2017 but quickly became frustrated by lost or misplaced items and served a 30-day eviction notice in mid-April, according to court documents. A third roommate came home on May 15 to a “metallic” smell and, later, vinegar.
The third roommate also heard what sounded like a saw being used in the bathroom, where she was told not to go in by Gonzales. She told another person of her fear that Gonzales murdered Mamer on May 31, and that person reported it to the police.
After a friend of Mamer’s filed a missing person report, police went to the apartment on June 2 and noticed a plastic bag covered in maggots inside a plastic container with liquid coming out. They arrested Gonzales after discovering Mamer’s intact torso, head, and sawed-off limbs.
The trial is on hold until the autopsy is completed.
Gonzales isn’t the only one at the center of a dismemberment case involving their roommate. In 2015, Mark Andrus was arrested and later released in connection with a roller suitcase stuffed with body parts and left at the Goodwill on 11th and Mission streets.
Days later, Andrus died after going into “drug-related” septic shock, the Chronicle reported. In 2016, the headless torso and leg was identified as Andrus’s former roommate Omar Shawan, 58.