San Francisco — Officials at a San Francisco hospital say they have concluded the body discovered in a hospital stairwell was that of a female patient who went missing more than two weeks ago.
San Francisco General Hospital Chief Medical Officer Todd May said at a news conference Wednesday that officials were still awaiting confirmation on the identity from the medical examiner’s office. But he says hospital officials have enough information to conclude it is 57-year-old Lynne Spalding’s body.
Spalding was being treated for an infection at the hospital when she went missing Sept. 21. Her body was discovered Tuesday.
Sheriff’s officials say they don’t know she ended up in the stairwell or how she died.
It’s not clear how long the woman was there, or how she got there.
“It’s very concerning,” Kagan said. “We’re distressed and don’t know what happened. It’s our top priority to find out.”
Spalding was last seen two days after she was admitted to the hospital. Friends say she was very thin and frail, was on medication and probably very confused. A missing persons report was filed with police, who have been investigating her disappearance.