Mom's Mysterious Disappearance From Hospital Leaves Family & Friends Searching for Answers

Lynne SpaldingThe reason why 57-year-old Lynne Spalding went to San Francisco General Hospital two weeks ago is frightening as it is. The mother of two was suffering severe complications from a bladder infection and losing a dramatic amount of weight. But what happened after two days there is even more alarming. On September 21, Spalding mysteriously vanished from her San Francisco hospital room. The 5-foot-6, 105-pound woman was checked on at 10:15 a.m. By the time someone came back at 10:30 a.m., she was gone. 

The divorcee's 23-year-old daughter and 19-year-old son are devastated. And while a missing persons report has been filed and Facebook pages have been made, there's no indication anywhere of where Lynne may be.

Possibly the most frightening detail of all? The medication Spalding was on at the time of her disappearance caused her to become extremely disoriented.


A friend of Lynne's, Allison McQuaid, told a local news station that they had emailed back and forth a few times during her hospital stay. At one point, Lynne was convinced she was on a cruise ship

My first question, as I'm sure yours was, is doesn't the hospital have surveillance footage that they could see where the missing patient went? Well, the hospital has yet to confirm that the patient even left the premises. The press release they released yesterday does confirm that Lynne left her room, but that's it.

It's all just weird and scary to me. It's frightening that someone could go missing from a hospital. It's frightening that there isn't more information coming from the hospital to help find this missing woman. It gives me goosebumps thinking about what could have happened to Lynne if she left the premises in her confused state, who could have picked her up, or where she could have wandered to.

At the time of her disappearance, Lynne was believed to be wearing blue jeans, a black sweatshirt with the words "San Francisco Pow Wow," and black boots. She may also be carrying a large white and black striped bag. Anyone with information on Lynne's disappearance is asked to call San Francisco Police Dispatch at (415) 552-0123 and reference case #130796086.

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