Noe Valley Voice March 2007

Unidentified Body Found on Church Street

By Erin O'Briant

A young man was found dead on outer Church Street just before 7 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10. He apparently collapsed on the sidewalk at 1536 Church Street near 27th Street. Two weeks later, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of San Francisco was still searching for the man's identity, and the cause of his death remained under investigation.

A release issued by the office described him as a white or Hispanic male, about 20 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighing 181 pounds. He had short brown hair, brown eyes, and was clean-shaven. He was not wearing any jewelry, but had a pierced left earlobe. There were blue ink markings on his hands and forearms, but no obvious signs of trauma.

At the time of his death, the man was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and Anchor Blue jeans. He wore white Nike high-top sport shoes, size 101/2, and a white Mecca T-shirt that read, "The first since day one" and "Chase the dream not the competition." He had on SpongeBob-themed boxer shorts.

According to Chief Investigator Alan Pringle, if the man stays unidentified, his body will be cremated and the ashes scattered at sea. The medical examiner's office retains DNA and dental records in case the body is identified in the future.

If you have any information about the man who died, call the San Francisco Medical Examiner at 553-1694 and reference SFME case #2007-0193.