Worker saw prone woman in SF hospital stairwell a week before body of missing woman was found

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Associated Press

Posted on October 19, 2013 at 10:30 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Investigators looking into the death of a woman found in a stairwell at San Francisco General Hospital now have a new twist to examine: a worker reported stepping over an unconscious woman a week before her body was found.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that it's still unclear why the Sheriff's Department did not locate the woman after hospital authorities reported the worker's finding.

Fifty-seven-year-old Lynne Spalding disappeared from her room Sept. 21, two days after she was admitted for an infection. Her body was found Oct. 8 in the locked stairwell.

Her cause of death has not been determined. Investigators believe she had been dead for several days when her body was discovered.

An orderly reported seeing a woman passed out in the stairwell on Oct. 1.

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