Search for Missing Hiker on Mt. Tam Ends in Discovery of Body

A body was found Thursday evening at the bottom of a drainage, and might have fallen 40 to 50 feet, according to police.

By Bay City News Service 

A search for a woman reported missing after a hike on Mt. Tamalpais resulted in the discovery of a body, according to Marin County sheriff's office officials. 

The woman was reported missing at 2:33 p.m. Thursday and was last seen near the Mountain Home Range Inn a mile east of the Pantoll Ranger Station, according to Lt. Doug Pittman. 

A body was found Thursday evening at the bottom of a drainage, and might have fallen 40 to 50 feet, according to Pittman. 

Lt. Keith Boyd, of the Marin County coroner's office, confirmed that remains had been located at Mt. Tamalpais but said efforts to identify the body are "ongoing." 

Pittman said there did not appear to be any connection between Thursday's missing person and death investigation and the death of a Menlo Park woman who was found dead on Saturday in the same general area. 

Magdalena Glinkowski, 33, left a note on March 30 stating she was going for a hike. Her car was found April 4 near the Pantoll Campground, and security camera footage showed her walking across the parking lot. 

A man who was trail running the day Glinkowski disappeared told the Marin County Sheriff's Office he saw Glinkowski's photo in the media and realized he might have seen her, the sheriff's office said. 

Search and Rescue teams resumed the suspended search for Glinkowski and found her body on April 12 around 9:25 a.m. down a steep slope in a drainage area about a half-mile from the Bootjack parking lot where she was last seen, the sheriff's office said. 

The sheriff's office said Glinkowski's autopsy showed no visible signs of trauma, and the cause and manner of her death are pending toxicology tests. 

Pittman said this afternoon the autopsy results were inconclusive.

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Greg McKenney April 18, 2014 at 01:38 PM
i wonder if the same man that was "jogging" was also "jogging" the day the first women died???????
Sam April 18, 2014 at 03:49 PM
Some people in this world really need help !
Carin Raynal April 18, 2014 at 03:58 PM
Needless to say, if you are a woman, don't go hiking alone in this area...scary!
Lou Judson April 19, 2014 at 02:30 AM
*I* wonder if trail maintenance is a bit lacking these days. I doubt the Trailside serial killer is back. Is there any chance they both fell of a dangerous trail needing some safety work? Juts asking an obvious question. Not enough information abdou the location ot=r the circumstances in this weak excuse to a news source...
guypalmer April 21, 2014 at 12:17 AM
From what I understand - the second woman was hiking back to her car - at night. And something she may not have realized was that it gets dark in the forrest way sooner than out in the open and it also get's a lot darker, even in a full moon. She was found down in the drainage of the Fern Canyon creek. It's extremely steep once you step off the trail. More than likely - she misstepped and went cartwheeling down the hill and crashed into one of the giant boulders that line the creek as it hurtles down to muir woods. The earlier woman may have been distracted by wearing headphones or such, but this is pure speculation on my part. From what I have read - she was found fairly close to Bootjack camp where authorities found her car. And - re: the maintenance issue, the state park folks are doing a better job than they have in years. For example, there was a tree that - for years - stood right next to the trail. And when it fell - it left a cavernous and treacherous hole in the middle of the trail. That thing was fixed within a month, which in the past, probably would've been more like a year, if it had been fixed at all. I've been running on those trails for a little over 40 years now and I would say they're being better taken care of then they had in a long time. The trails aren't perfect but the bottom line is, it's an assumed risk activity. Despite that - these horrible tragedies really serve to illustrate that the slightest lapse in attention can be deadly.


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