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No signs of trauma on Menlo Park woman found dead on Mt. Tam

By James Lanaras and Hannah Albarazi of Bay City News Service.

An autopsy on Magdalena Glinkowski, the Menlo Park woman who was found dead in Mt. Tamalpais State Park on Saturday, showed no obvious signs of trauma, Marin County sheriff's officials said this afternoon.

The cause and manner of her death is pending toxicology tests, the Sheriff's Office wrote on Twitter.

Ms. Glinkowski, 33, was reported missing after not being seen near her Menlo Park home since March 30. She left a note at home that day stating she was going on a hike, sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman said.

Her car was found April 4 abandoned near the Pantoll Campground. Security footage from March 30 showed her walking across the parking lot.

The search was briefly suspended but resumed Saturday morning after a man told authorities he might have seen her while he was trail running in the state park, Lt. Pittman said.

It is believed that Ms. Glinkowski was hiking before she disappeared, he said. The man who contacted authorities said he saw her photo in the media and gave sheriff's deputies the location where he last saw her.

Search dogs and volunteers from the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office spotted her body around 9:25 a.m. Saturday about a half-mile from the Bootjack parking lot where she was last seen.

Lt. Pittman said her body was found down a steep, southeast slope in a rarely traveled drainage area. She was identified through fingerprints.

There were no obvious signs of foul play, Lt. Pittman said Saturday.

Ms. Glinkowski worked as a software developer for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at Purple Encoding in the Bay Area, according to her LinkedIn profile.

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Posted by Julie
a resident of another community
on Apr 15, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Almanac:

Re:"The search was briefly suspended but resumed Saturday morning after a man told authorities he might have seen her while he was trail running in the state park, Lt. Pittman said."

WHICH Saturday morning'? April 5th? Or April 12th? How brief was the suspension? When did the search recommence?

No dates are stated in the above quoted explanation.

Editor's note: All the "Saturdays" refer to the most recent Saturday, April 12.


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Posted by Julie
a resident of another community
on Apr 16, 2014 at 11:25 am

Thank you for the facts, Almanac Editor.

This is the sequence then:

The search was suspended on April 7th, Monday.
It was started again on April 12th, Saturday.

This is what the Sherriff's Department's Lt. Pittman calls "...briefly suspended...".

Four days is quite a span of time in the context of a search...regardless of whether it is "rescue" or "recovery".


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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 16, 2014 at 3:18 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

here we go again, argue, argue, argue.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Apr 16, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

Julie's points make me wonder what the legal obligations are re a search of this type.


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Posted by Julie
a resident of another community
on Apr 16, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Steve C: sorry I'm getting on your nerves.

Hmmm: I don't know anything about the legal aspects. Interesting question though.

What I did start to wonder though is: when did that man contact the officials telling them that he had seen the missing hiker?

When did the officials get that information. On what day did they know he had seen her?

With that new information, did they proceed immediately with resuming the search?

Some of the news reports I have read are sometimes ambiguous and therefore confusing.


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Posted by Dave Boyce
Almanac staff writer
on Apr 17, 2014 at 9:53 am

Dave Boyce is a registered user.

Lt. Pittman of the Marin County Sheriff's Office told the Almanac that they received the tip as to the possible whereabouts of Ms. Glinkowski at about 7 a.m. on Friday morning, April 11.

The Sheriff's Office began to organize a search at that time, which also involved a study of the area to be searched.

The search began at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 12, and they found the body about 2 to 2 1/2 hours into the search.


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Posted by Julie
a resident of another community
on Apr 17, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Dave Boyce, Almanac:

Thank you for telling us what Lt. Pittman of The Marin County Sherriff's Office toldThe Almanac.


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