October 10th, 2013
05:15 PM ET

Body found in hospital stairwell identified as missing patient

A patient's family is demanding answers after it was confirmed Thursday that the body found in a hospital stairwell is that of a San Francisco woman who vanished from her hospital room two weeks ago.

Body found in hospital stairwell is missing patient, examiner says

Fifty-seven-year-old Lynne Spalding checked herself into San Francisco General Hospital on September 19th for a bladder infection. Two days later, she disappeared.

The hospital says it does not know how the body ended up in the staircase.

"It's very concerning," Rachael Kagan, a spokeswoman for San Francisco General Hospital, told CNN affiliate KTVU. "We're distressed and don't know what happened. It's our top priority to find out."

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Investigators are trying to figure out how this mother of two could vanish in the midst of treatment and end up in a stairwell at the city's busiest hospital.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says the investigation will review security systems that cover the city’s hospitals and their surrounding areas. The investigation will also address hospital staff training and will include a full assessment of job duties.

“This should not have happened, and we all agree, and we want to prevent it from happening again," Lee said.

David Perry, a friend of Lynne Spalding joins Erin Burnett OutFront tonight at 7pm ET.

Tune to Erin Burnett OutFront at 7p ET on CNN

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  1. James

    I think that Congress should not be paid until a decision is made. I heard today that most of Congress never served in the military. If this is true then they obviously do NOT really care about the America Soldier and their families and how much they put on the line to serve this country.

    Congress should not get paid until they get the job done. I wouldn't get paid if I didn't do my job.

    Very frustrating with Our leadership!

    October 10, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Reply

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