Police in America have promised to do everything in their power to find out what happened to a North East woman who was found dead in a hospital stairwell.
Lynne Spalding, who is originally from Peterlee, had been missing for more than two weeks after leaving her hospital bed in San Francisco General Hospital on September 21st. An investigation is now underway to find out how she died and why she wasn't found sooner.
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