SAN FRANCISCO—On Tuesday, September 11, a memorial was held for Brian Egg, 65, a San Francisco resident who went missing and is presumed dead.  Around two dozen neighbors, family, and friends, gathered to honor Egg’s life and exchange stories.

In late July 2018 and during the first week of August 2018, the San Francisco Police Department was contacted by the family and neighbors’ of Egg, who were concerned that he had not been seen for a period of time. 

On August 14, concerned neighbors of Egg called 911 to report a suspicious person outside Mr. Egg’s residence, along with a crime scene cleaning truck. Officers responded to the scene, detained the individual and were able to make entry to the residence. Officers did not locate Mr. Egg, but found evidence including cleaning products and suspicious odors in the residence. On August 15, the SFPD Homicide Detail took over the investigation and a search warrant was authorized for Mr. Egg’s residence. While searching the apartment, SFPD investigators found human remains inside a fish tank.

Neighbors stated that it was odd that Egg stopped regularly venturing outside of his apartment as he was known to walk his dog, water his plants, and socialize with them in general.  There were reports of suspicious activity surrounding Egg’s home for weeks following his last sighting.

Lance Silva, 39 and Robert McCaffery 52, were arrested and taken into custody by the San Francisco Police Department in connection to Egg’s disappearance. They were arrested on homicide, fraud, theft, identity theft and elder abuse charges and booked into San Francisco County Jail. These charges were later discharged by the District Attorney’s Office pending further investigation. Silva remains in custody at Alameda County Jail for a probation violation.  

The SFPD is asking for the public’s help with this case. Investigators are specifically seeking assistance from any businesses or entities that were contacted by anyone purporting to be Brian Egg, or who may have assisted in financial transactions related to Mr. Egg or his residence. Investigators ask anyone with information to contact the San Francisco Police anonymously at 415-575-4444 or text-a-tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the start of the message.

Written By Ophelia Luchin and Donald Roberts