The Latest: Woman found dead near hospital was not patient

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a missing woman found dead at power plant stairwell near California hospital (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

Officials say an elderly woman with dementia who was found dead in a stairwell of a power plant on a San Francisco hospital campus had checked herself out of a nearby care facility.

San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy says Ruby Andersen left the care facility across the street from Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on May 19 to visit her family. She was not a hospital patient.

She says deputies were called to the care facility May 20 after Andersen didn’t return.

Hennessy says deputies reached out to Andersen’s family that day and looked for her in the hospital, jails and the morgue. She says that once they heard from Andersen’s family on May 22, the department put out a missing-person flyer for the 75-year-old woman.

Authorities say her body was found Wednesday.


12 a.m.

An elderly woman with dementia who vanished from a care facility nearly two weeks ago has been found dead in a stairwell at a San Francisco hospital campus — and her daughter wants to know how she died.

Authorities say a staff member found the body of 75-year-old Ruby Andersen on Wednesday in the stairwell of a power plant near Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. A spokeswoman says the woman wasn’t a patient and the facility normally is accessible only to maintenance workers.

However, there is a mental health facility a short distance away on the same property.

Her daughter tells KRON-TV that her mother vanished from a mental health facility on May 20.

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