SF Hospital Body in Stairwell Story Just Got More Horrifying
Worker reported seeing the woman a week before she was found: sources
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2013 1:57 PM CDT
Lynne Spalding.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of David Perry & Associates)

(Newser) – It was pretty shocking when the body of a patient who had been missing for two weeks at San Francisco General Hospital was found in a stairwell last week. Even more shocking: A worker at the hospital had reported seeing a woman passed out in the same place a week before the body of Lynne Spalding, 57, was finally discovered, sources tell the San Francisco Chronicle. According to the sources—"who have knowledge of the police investigation"—a hospital orderly told a nurse on October 1 that she had seen an apparently unconscious woman there, and the nurse then contacted the Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff's deputies provide security to the hospital, so they should have then been sent to check it out. But police still haven't ascertained how the department responded to the report—if at all, say the sources. The cause of Spalding's death is still not clear. "We the family, until we get an official report, there is nothing more we can do but wait. It's all horrifying," says a spokesperson for her family. "If this story could get any more horrifying, it just did."

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Oct 22, 2013 1:19 PM CDT
So the people who screwed this up are investigating themselves. This family needs to hire their own lawyer and PI pronto.
Oct 20, 2013 10:35 AM CDT
My sister is a nurse who has worked in a top rated medical center for decades. She said 9 out of ten nurses would have checked on the patient but the 10th she is the one who would call someone else and gone on doing HER job. That attitude is prelelant in our society today in every profession. "Not my job." "They don't pay me to do that." Why hospital security was not called is the big question that should be asked and what are the established procedures since her hospital has a whole action plan set up for the patients that wander off and not a single patient disappeared in over 20 years from her hospital.
Oct 20, 2013 8:52 AM CDT
Police officials investigated the report and determined the woman was waiting for a BART train. Yet another death attributed to the striking workers. They should just accept what they were offered and negotiate after they return to work. Settle now, negotiate later, the American way.