Clara Street Missing Person Investigation 18-114

Brian Egg

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 65 year-old Brian Egg who were concerned that they had not seen or heard from Mr. Egg in some time. On both occasions, officers responded to Mr. Egg’s residence on the 200 block of Clara Street, but received no response and saw no suspicious circumstances. On August 7, the San Francisco Police Department began a missing person investigation after a family member of Mr. Egg reported him missing. Officers responded to the location again but were met with no response at the residence.

On August 14, 2018 concerned neighbors of Mr. Egg called 911 to report that a suspicious person was 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 location, SFPD investigators found human remains inside a fish tank.

The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office responded and took control of the human remains. The identity of the person is still pending. 

During the course of this investigation, Homicide investigators developed leads that led to the August 16 arrests of two suspects: 39 year-old Lance Silva of San Francisco, and 52 year-old Robert McCaffrey of San Francisco. 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. 

Due to pending identification matters, the subjects’ booking photos will not be released at this time.   

The San Francisco Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance with this case. Investigators are specifically seeking assistance from any businesses or entities that were contacted by anyone purporting to be Mr. Egg, or who may have assisted in financial transactions related to Mr. Egg or his residence. Investigators ask anyone with information on this case 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.