Lynn Spalding: Missing from San Francisco Found

The body of a missing woman was found in a emergency stairwell of a hospital.

Lynne Spalding, 57, from San Francisco had been missing since Sept. 20, 2013, but was not found till 17 days after she disappeared on a fourth-floor stairwell.

Lynn was last seen at San Francisco General Hospital on Potrero Avenue, where she was getting treated for an infection around 10:15 a.m. that day.  When the staff went back to her room around 15 minutes later, Lynne was gone.

Todd May, the Chief Medical Officer at the hospital told the Associated Press they were still waiting for positive confirmation of the body, but the hospital had enough information to conclude the body belongs to Spalding.

Lynne’s family is upset with the discovery and calls the search by the sheriff’s department as not very good.

In a joint statement from the hospital and the sheriff’s department it reads:

“We do not know how she came to be in the stairwell yesterday, how long she had been there, or what caused her death.  The exterior stairwell is a fire exit that is not routinely used by staff, patients or the public.  It is alarmed and locks from the outside; it exits to the hospital grounds at the bottom.  Ms. Spalding Ford was discovered in this stairwell by a member of the engineering staff who was conducting  routine quarterly check.”

Lynne’s family said she was taking medication and appeared confused before she checked into the hospital.

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If you have any information on her whereabouts please call 415-553-0123.

Lynne Spalding, 57, from San Francisco has been missing since Sept. 20, 2013.

She was last seen at General Hospital on Potrero Avenue, where she was getting treated for an infection around 10:15 a.m., when the staff went back to her room around 15 minutes later, Lynne was gone.

Lynne is 5’7″ tall, 105 pounds, and was wearing blue jeans, black boots and a black sweatshirt with the words San Francisco Pow Wow.  Lynne also speaks with a thick UK accent.

Lynne’s family said she is taking medication and appeared confused.  You can also keep up with the latest info by going to the Find Lynne Facebook page.

If you have any information on her whereabouts please call 415-553-0123.

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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America.

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