The Latest: Missing mother found dead at SF hospital
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a body found in a San Francisco hospital building (all times local):
The daughter of an elderly woman whose body was found at San Francisco General Hospital says she had dementia and disappeared from a nearby health center 10 days ago.
The woman found Wednesday afternoon in a power plant stairwell was identified by the medical examiner as 75-year-old Ruby Andersen.
However her daughter, Charlene Roberts, tells KRON-TV that her mother was 76 and went missing from a mental health facility on the same campus as the hospital on May 20.
The hospital says it’s unclear how the woman got into the power plant because it’s usually locked. It’s also unclear how long she had been there.
Five years ago, the body of a missing patient was found in a stairwell at the same hospital, more than two weeks after disappearing from her room. An autopsy determined that 57-year-old Lynne Spalding had been dead for several days.
Authorities say a woman’s body was found in a stairway at San Francisco General Hospital.
The San Francisco Department of Health said the body was found around 1 p.m. Wednesday by a staff member in a power plant building.
Five years ago, the body of a missing patient was found in a stairwell at the same hospital, more than two weeks after a patient disappeared from her room.
An autopsy determined that 57-year-old Lynne Spalding had been dead for several days before her body was found in a stairwell that was supposed to be routinely checked by security.
The Sheriff’s Department, which is responsible for the hospital’s security, paid Spalding’s family $3 million to settle a legal claim.