Man who reportedly saw body in SFGH stairwell comes forward

Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photoLynne Spalding

Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photoLynne Spalding

A mystery man who reportedly saw someone on the ground in a San Francisco General Hospital stairwell days before missing patient Lynne Spalding was found dead near the same spot has revealed himself to authorities, according to officials.

“This witness came forward after seeing a flier that was circulated by the University of California police, in cooperation with the SFPD, to raise awareness and encourage anyone with information to come forward,” according to a statement by the hospital. “The witness is a male, UCSF researcher who works on the SFGH campus. We do not know the content of his interview with the police or what information he was able to provide, if any.”

It’s unclear if the body the man came upon and reported Oct. 4 was that of Spalding.

Spalding, 57, was admitted to the hospital Sept. 19. She was suffering from a bladder infection.

On Sept. 21, Spalding disappeared from her hospital bed. A search followed, but her body was not discovered until Oct. 8 when a hospital engineer came upon it while doing a regularly scheduled inspection of an emergency exit stairwell.Bay Area NewsLynne SpaldingS.F. General Hospital body

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