Foul play ruled out in SF hospital patient’s death


A spokesman for the family of a San Francisco woman whose body was found in the stairwell of a hospital where she was a patient says investigators have ruled out foul play in her disappearance and death.

The spokesman, David Perry, told reporters Thursday that while the coroner has not yet established a cause or time of death for 57-year-old Lynne Spalding, investigators do not think she was victim of an attack.

Spalding’s body was found Tuesday in the stairwell of a fire exit at San Francisco General Hospital. She was admitted to the city-owned hospital with an infection on Sept. 19 and reported missing from her room two days later.

Meanwhile, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced Tuesday that he is hiring an independent consultant to investigate the hospital’s security and search protocols.

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