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Body found stuffed in a suitcase in the Bay of San Francisco was hanged and drugged: prosecutors

A suitcase filled with the body of a man was found floating in the San Francisco Bay earlier this month.
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A San Francisco man was arrested and charged last week in connection with the alleged torture and murder of a man whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase and tossed into the San Francisco Bay, officials said on Monday.

Gerald Rowe, 47, who was arrested Friday, faces charges including torture, conspiracy, kidnapping, battery with serious bodily injury, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm by a felon and drug offenses.

The body of George Randall Saldivar, 23, was discovered earlier this month floating in the vicinity of Pier 39, The San Francisco Chronicle. A medical examiner determined he was assassinated, warned the police, the report said.

An investigation led authorities to Rowe’s house, where they find a recorded video of the alleged killing, Assistant district Attorney Michael Swart said. Authorities say that the video showed a second unidentified person to participate in Saldivar’s murder, but it was not immediately clear whether that person is arrested.

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The video shows Rowe and his co-conspirator engage in “consensual sexual activity” with Saldivar before they tied a rope around his neck, according to a motion filed Monday by the district attorney’s office. Rowe and the co-conspirator allegedly pulled on the rope, a bag over the victim’s head, and injected him with what the prosecutors believe was fentanyl, the motion stated.

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After Saldivar collapsed, Rowe and the co-conspirator stuffed his body in a suitcase that they are sealed in plastic and let it sit for a whole day, Swart said. Rowe’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday, The Chronicle. The authorities are working to determine a motive for the grisly murder.

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