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Dead 21-year-old found inside U-Haul left at San Francisco police station

A dead body was found in a U-Haul in San Francisco. | Source: Alex Elena/Adobe Stock

San Francisco police made an unwelcome discovery earlier this month when someone dropped off a dead body inside a U-Haul at the city’s police station in the Bayview.

The body turned out to be the remains of a man who was shot dead during a robbery at an illegal marijuana grow in Butte County, some four hours north of San Francisco, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.

The events that led to the discovery on Aug. 4 began when the man, identified by authorities as 21-year-old Alexander Licona-Romero of Oakland, and at least two others traveled from the Bay Area to the area of Berry Creek, a mountain town not far from Lake Oroville.

There, authorities say Licona-Romero was shot dead as he and his accomplices carried out the armed robbery. The surviving suspects then returned his body back to the Bay Area, where one of them later dropped off his remains at Bayview Police Station inside the U-Haul.

The San Francisco Police Department declined to comment on the case, deferring to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the homicide.

Asked who shot Licona-Romero and whether his alleged accomplices would be arrested, a spokesperson for the Butte County Sheriff’s Office said only that “detectives are actively investigating” the matter.

No further details have been released.