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SF General Hospital Worker May Have Seen Patient Found Dead In Stairwell

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Investigators released new information Tuesday about a person who possibly spotted a San Francisco General Hospital patient who was found dead in a stairwell earlier this month.

Lynne Spalding, 57, was a patient at the hospital when she went missing from her hospital bed on September 21st. Her body was found two weeks later.

Employees at SF General and UCSF were sent an email asking for their help in identifying a man who reported to a senior hospital staff member that he saw someone lying in a stairwell on October 4th.

SF General Hospital spokesperson Rachel Kagan said the hospital has already made efforts to track down the witness, including reviewing the staff roster for that day.

“But we weren’t able to identify this person that way,” she said.

The witness is described as an Asian man, about 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing a blue dress shirt. The man is said to have hospital identification.

“They may be an employee here, they may not. We have trainees, we have students, we have volunteers’ everyday. We have thousands of people on the campus,” Kagan said.

Kagan added that the best case scenario would be for that witness to come forward and share information. “So we can all learn what happened,” she said.

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