Worker saw dead woman in San Francisco hospital stairwell

SAN FRANCISCO — Investigators looking into the death of a woman found in a stairwell at San Francisco General Hospital are looking into reports that an orderly told hospital authorities that he saw an unconscious woman there a week before her body was found.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1bIEGn7) that it's still unclear why the Sheriff's Department did not locate the woman after hospital authorities reported the worker's finding.

Lynne Spalding, 57, 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.

The cause of her death has not been determined, but authorities do not suspect foul play. Investigators believe she had been dead for several days when her body was discovered.

"We the family, until we get an official report, there is nothing more we can do but wait. It's all horrifying," David Perry, a spokesman for the family, said Friday. "If this story could get any more horrifying, it just did."

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