The death of a missing British woman whose body laid in the stairway of a US hospital for days before being discovered was linked to chronic alcohol abuse, a coroner has reported.
Lynne Spalding, 57, originally from Peterlee, Durham, disappeared from her room at San Francisco General Hospital on September 21.
She was found in the locked stairwell by a member of the hospital's engineering staff during a routine check 17 days after she vanished.
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