Headless, handless body found floating in fish tank identified as missing bartender Brian Egg
The San Francisco resident Brian Egg was reported missing several months ago and has now been discovered in bits and pieces in a fish tank
It has been confirmed by the Police in San Francisco on Wednesday that the human remains, which were found in a fish tank inside a home on Clara Street last month, are those of Brian Egg. The 65-year-old bartender went missing months ago, and the torso was found in the fish tank with no head or hands on August 15.
Egg's missing caught the attention of both residents and authorities towards the end of July when neighbors began to make multiple calls regarding the 65-year-old's whereabouts. Following the calls of concern, officers made two "wellness checks". However, the police apparently only knocked on the door and when no one answered, they did not go inside to check. Even when officers made a second round to the house, following the missing person's report which Egg's sister filed on August 7, they still did not check inside when nobody answered the door.
Cmdr. Greg McEachern had excused himself by stating at a press conference in late August, "We don't just go breaking down doors because someone reports someone missing." However, once things began getting out of hand when, on August 14, worried neighbors called to report suspicious movements in and about the house. The neighbors reported that two men were spotted entering the house, and a crime scene cleaning truck was located nearby. The police arrived and arrested 52-year-old, Robert McCaffrey. However, 39-year-old Lance Silva escaped at the time but was found at a hotel on 6th Street later that night.
A body was discovered in the fish tank once the SFPD homicide detail took over the investigation and obtained a search warrant. At the time, the remains were in an advanced state of decomposition. Police had also found that Egg's credit card was used to purchase a 2007 BMW 750 in Newark on June 1 for $5,500.
While both Silva and McCaffrey were charged in this case, due to the lack of evidence of Egg's whereabouts they were, however, released. McCaffrey was allowed to go free, but Silva was placed in detention in Alameda for a possible probation violation.
On August 29, both men were produced in front of the court when San Franciso prosecutors asked an Alameda Country judge to revoke Silva's probation. It was revealed that the owner of Silmi Auto Sales in Newark identified Silva as the man who used Egg's Chase credit card and cash to purchase a 2007 BMW 750 on June 1. According to court documents — "Silmi was shown a photo of Egg and (did) not believe that this person purchased the vehicle. Silmi was shown a mug shot of Silva and he told Sgt. Kasper 'that's more like him' and that Silva's appearance in the mugshot looked the same in the photo as the day the vehicle was purchased."
All this has only left Silva and McCaffrey as the prime suspects in Egg's case. Investigators will have to meet with the SF District Attorney to figure out the next step.