A San Francisco woman who checked herself into the hospital over two weeks ago has been missing since September 21, prompting alarmed friends and family to scour the city and search for her whereabouts. The hospital is now reporting that a woman’s body was found in their own stairwell, and concerned relatives fear it is 57-year-old Lynne Spalding, reports San Francisco CBS Local on Oct. 8.
Spalding was brought to San Francisco General Hospital in late September, where she checked herself in for a bladder infection. According to hospital records, she was treated for two days, but never formally checked herself out. Family said that Spalding was also given medication at the hospital that made her “a bit dopey,” and were concerned that she had wandered off unattended.
Spalding's boyfriend and daughter took her to the hospital out of concerns over her weight loss and because she “did not seem like herself.” Hospital personnel began treating her for an infection.
A woman’s body was discovered Tuesday about 10 a.m. on an unused fourth-floor hospital stairwell. Officials from the hospital called Spalding’s family to report they found a body, but it has yet to be confirmed if it is Spalding.
“We were looking all over the city and outside the hospital as we had been told she left… This is devastating,” wrote a friend of the British native and mother of two on a Find Lynne Facebook page.
Spalding worked in the San Francisco hospitality and travel industry, and is well known around the city.
“She's very well known in the tour industry,” family spokesman David Perry said. “Everyone knows Lynn. She sold San Francisco. Her job was to represent our city.”
Hospital staff said they could produce “no video evidence” of Spalding leaving the hospital, but assumed she had left since there was no paperwork showing she was discharged. It appears she wandered off and was forgotten about.
“Her family and friends are just devastated,” Perry said. “They're frustrated and apprehensive. If we had known she might still be in the hospital, we would never be out canvassing the whole city. We would be searching the hospital.”