Lynne Spalding, the California mom who mysteriously vanished from her hospital bed last month, has reportedly been found dead in a hospital stairwell.
The body of Lynne Spalding, 57, was discovered at San Francisco General Hospital where she had been treated for an infection, KGO-TV reports.
She'd been missing for almost 18 days. The hospital did not immediately confirm the person's identity, but the facility issued the following statement:
"A woman's body was found in an exterior stairwell on the hospital campus."
"The person is deceased. San Francisco Sheriff's [officials are] leading the investigation, with assistance of the San Francisco Police Department."
"We do not know the identity of this person and have no further information at this time. We will provide another update as information develops."
Spalding, a mother of two, checked into the hospital just blocks away from her home on September 19 after she'd been losing weight and appeared weak.
She was treated for an infection, given medication and checked by nurses regularly, Spalding family spokesman David Perry previously told the media.
Two days later, she vanished. An internal investigation was launched.
Lynne, who worked in hospitality sales, was in good health prior to the infection, but was on medication and appeared "very confused" when last seen by her family.
Not surprisingly, the family found the stairwell news disturbing.
"What is happening here today is very distressing," Perry said.
"Although we hope that our friend and our colleague Lynne Spalding will come back to us alive and healthy, we're very concerned about this."