louisdmv.jpgThe family of a woman found dead inside a suitcase floating in the San Francisco Bay last week will hold a vigil in Berkeley tonight.

Pearla Louis, 52, of San Francisco, was last heard from the morning of May 15 when she and her daughter had their daily phone call at 6 a.m., San Francisco police Lt. Lyn Tomioka said.

Her family reported Louis missing the afternoon of May 17. Shortly before 9 a.m. on May 18, a suitcase was found in the water near the Embarcadero and Folsom Street with Louis’ body inside, Tomioka said.

The death is being treated as a homicide, though police have not disclosed the manner in which she was killed.

Her family spent Saturday canvassing the Embarcadero, the Tenderloin and the area of Church and Duboce streets, where Louis was known to spend time, hoping to find someone who knows what happened to her.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Tonight’s vigil will be held at 8 p.m. in Strawberry Creek Park in Berkeley, near Allston Way and Bonar Street.

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  • Automatic Jack

    Can we get a photo of her that isn’t (apparently) a mug shot?

  • Jim R

    I think this is a fairly good representation of what Pearla looked like in recent weeks. I have seen better versions of the same photo on the internet this week, probably at SFGate.