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News - April 23, 2014

No signs of trauma in hiker's death

An autopsy on Magdalena Glinkowski, the Menlo Park woman who was found dead in Mt. Tamalpais State Park on April 12, showed no obvious signs of trauma, Marin County sheriff's officials said on April 15.

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

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 April 12 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 saw her.

Search dogs and volunteers from the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office spotted her body around 9:25 a.m. April 12, 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, he said.

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.

— Bay City News Service

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