The body of a woman that went missing from a hospital was found in the emergency stairwell of that hospital on Tuesday.
Lynne Spalding, 57, from San Francisco had been missing since Sept. 19, 2013, but was not found till 17 days after she disappeared, dead on a fourth-floor stairwell.
Lynne was last seen at San Francisco General Hospital on Potrero Avenue. Lynne's family said she was taking medication and appeared confused so they took her to the hospital where they found she had an infection. After two days she was improving, but still needed routine checkups every 15 minutes by the staff. Then on the 19th she disappeared from her hospital bed around 10:15 a.m. that day.
Lynne's family is upset with the discovery of Lynne's body and called the search by the sheriff's department, not very good.
"We need to know what Lynne's condition was. We need to know what she was being treated for and frankly we need to know what medications she was on and what state of mind she was in," Spalding's friend and family spokesman David Perry told My Fox Detroit news on Wednesday. "We're not trying to place blame. We're trying to find answers. And anyone is found in the stairwell of a hospital it's disturbing."
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 hostpial 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."
Todd May, the Chief Medical Officer at the hospital stated they were still waiting for positive confirmation of the body, but the hospital had enough information to conclude the body belongs to Spalding.