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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Lynne Spalding: Witness Who Saw Body in Stairwell Comes Forward

Posted By on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Lynne Spalding
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A witness who saw Lynne Spalding's body on the stairs days before authorities discovered it has come forward, according to a hospital news bulletin posted late this afternoon. The man, whom hospital spokespeople say is a UC San Francisco researcher, sought San Francisco police after seeing fliers released in late October attempting to track him down. Police interviewed him last week.

The witness saw and reported a figure in the locked stairwell four days before the corpse was found by a building engineer on Oct. 8. That worker told a supervisor, who then checked the stairwell -- but claimed he saw nothing.

Spalding, 57, disappeared from her hospital room on Sept. 21 while receiving treatment for an infection. Her body eluded hospital staff and sheriff's deputies for three weeks, even though they claimed to have combed the grounds multiple times and released Spalding's photo to news outlets.

During a Nov. 6 press conference, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi detailed the litany of mistakes his staff made in searching for the body, and promised to improve hospital security in the future. Hospital staff welcomed last week's witness revelation as a means to finally get some answers in a case that that has only generated horrible, horrible questions.

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Rachel Swan

Rachel Swan

Rachel Swan was a staff writer at SF Weekly from 2013 to 2015. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.


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