Missing Person Body Found in Stairwell of San Francisco Hospital

There appears to be a sad and disturbing end to a missing person case out of San Francisco.

A woman’s body was found on an exterior stairwell at SF General Hospital Tuesday morning, the hospital confirms, and it is believed to be a 57-year-old woman who had been missing since late last month.

Lynne Spalding was thought to have walked away from the hospital on September 21.  She was last seen by hospital personnel at about 10:15 a.m. that day.


David Perry, a spokesperson for Spalding’s family, says the hospital told them that a body of a woman was found in a stairwell that is not normally used.

Perry said the body has not been identified, but all signs indicate that it is Spalding.

“SF General has a stellar reputation,” Perry said. “However, if someone’s body was found in the stairwell, whether it’s Lynne Spalding or not that’s a very concerning development.”

Perry also noted that it took 10 day for the hospital to issue a statement about the fact that a patient had gone missing.

“We do not know the identity of this person and have no further information at this time,” the hospital said in a statement. “We are cooperating with the investigation and will provide another update as information develops.”

Spalding was at the hospital getting treatment for a severe urinary infection. Nurses, who were checking on her every 15 minutes, said she suddenly disappeared.

Her friends and family have spent countless hours searching for her, putting up fliers and sharing Spalding’s story on social media.

The family’s hope that she would be found alive diminished Tuesday when a nurse happened to use the lightly used stairwell.

Spalding worked in hospitality sales for the past several years after growing up in Great Britain, her family said.

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department is leading the investigation, with assistance from the San Francisco Police Department, according to SF General.

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