As previously reported, yesterday the body of man was found floating in the water near the Fort Mason on Buchanan St. and Marina Blvd. The victim, an approximately 20 year old white man, was declared deceased after paramedics responded at 6:36am Tuesday morning, and now SFPD is seeking help from the public as it investigates this death.
The victim, who the medical examiner’s office has identified as Dennis Knowlton, a 20-year-old resident of Olympia, Wash., was found after a woman walking along the pier spotted his body.
Someone had called police Monday night at about 10:30 p.m. to report fresh blood in the area of Laguna and North Point streets. Officers responded but didn’t find a victim. The next day it was determined that the caller had mistakenly given dispatchers the wrong location, police said, when a blood trail led from outside a post office at Beach and Buchanan streets to a spot near where Knowlton’s body was found.
Knowlton, who was wearing a white tank top and blue jeans at the time of his death, suffered from multiple stab wounds, police said, though an official cause of death has not been announced.
A dive team was headed out to the water where Knowlton was found to search for other evidence in the case this morning, police Officer Albie Esparza said.
The death is being investigated as a homicide, but police are not yet releasing any information about possible suspects.
According to the Ex, police say a witness led police to a green Volvo parked at Buchanan and Bay streets that is believed to be related to the case. According to a statement sent by SFPD, they believe the public has even more to offer: “We are seeking the public’s help in this case,” they say.
“Anyone with information can contact our anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or Text a Tip to: TIP411”