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Man Found Dead In SF Pacific Heights Apartment; Person Detained

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) - Police have detained someone for questioning in connection with the suspicious death of a dermatologist at his apartment in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood, a police spokesman said Monday.

Elias Michael, 47, was found at about 9:45 p.m. Sunday by officers responding to a report of a dead body at 2030 Vallejo St.

The medical examiner’s office has deemed the death suspicious, and San Francisco homicide detectives have taken over the case, police said.

Police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said Monday morning that a person had been detained for questioning in the case.

“The relationship of the person I can’t get into at this point, but what I can say is that they are known to each other—the person that we’re questioning and the deceased,” Esparza said.

“Depending on the outcome of the questioning of the investigation, well make a decision whether to release the person or arrest them if something is developed during that interview.” said Esparza. “Also, a lot of this has to do with the conclusion of the autopsy as well. A lot of things could happen. It’s too early in the investigation to determine that.”

Michael worked as a dermatologist and lived with an elderly female family member, according to Elaine Chan, a receptionist at his apartment building.

Dr. Elias Michael is listed as a dermatologist on the website for Union Street Dermatology, located nearby in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood at 1610 Union St.

Employees were not immediately available for comment at the business, which is closed on Mondays.

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