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News - April 16, 2014

Body of missing Menlo Park woman found on Mt. Tam after long search

Sheriff's detectives confirmed that a body found April 12 by search-and-rescue teams on Mt. Tamalpais is that of the missing 33-year-old Menlo Park woman Magdalena Glinkowski. She had last been seen on March 30, according to deputies from the Marin County Sheriff's Office.

Ms. Glinkowski's body was discovered around 9:25 a.m. in Mt. Tamalpais State Park, where she was believed to have been hiking before her disappearance, according to Lt. Doug Pittman of the Marin County Sheriff's Office.

The search had been called off on April 7 after three days of searching, but was restarted after a man who had been trail-running in the park reported that he had seen her photo in the media and may have seen her while on a run, Lt. Pittman said. "We felt it was prudent to go back and do an even more intense search," he said.

About 120 volunteers from Bay Area law enforcement agencies resumed the search in the area the runner said he may have seen her.

Search dogs and volunteers from the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office spotted a female body about half a mile from the Bootjack parking lot, where Ms. Glinkowski was seen on a surveillance camera. Her body was found down a steep southeast slope, in a drainage area that Lt. Pittman said is rarely traveled. The area was steep enough for a mountain-rescue unit to use ropes and rigging to get down to the body.

The Marin County coroner is examining the body to determine the cause of death. A toxicology test may be required, which could take a month, Lt. Pittman said. Until proven otherwise, although there is as yet no evidence of foul play, the site is a crime scene, he said.

Detectives used fingerprints to positively identify Ms. Glinkowski's body.

Ms. Glinkowski was reported missing after not being seen near her Menlo Park home since March 30. She left a note at home that day saying she was going for a hike, Lt. Pittman said.

Her car was found on April 4 near the Pantoll Campground. The discovery of the car prompted the launch of a large-scale search.

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

The online profile also states that she enjoyed running and jogging and spoke English, Russian, Polish and French.

Bay City News Service

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