Investigators confirmed Saturday night a woman’s body found that morning near Mt. Tamalpais is that of a hiker from Menlo Park who went missing two weeks ago.
The sheriff’s department confirmed the body to be of 33-year-old Magdalena Glinkowski. As for exactly what caused her death, that could take some time to determine, investigators said.
Search teams returned to Mt. Tam Saturday morning after a runner called in a tip and said he thought he saw Glinkowski on the day she disappeared.
He said he spotted her on a hiking trail about a mile from the Pantoll Campground where security cameras captured images of Glinkowski, who appeared to be embarking on a hike.
Dozens of searchers, along with trained search dogs, went looking for Glinkowski in that general area. And they discovered a woman’s body at the bottom of a steep ravine.
"The body was located in a very remote, rugged area, drainage off what might be considered one of the more common used here in the mountain," Marin County Sheriff's Department Lt. Doug Pittman said. "It's unusual for people to travel these areas, which would explain as to why she had not been located up until this point."
Glinkowski went missing on March 30, and the software developer apparently left a note at her Menlo Park home, saying she was going hiking for the day.
Her parents were present at the site of the search Saturday morning. Some experienced hikers said that particular trail is dangerous, and there are places where you can easily slip and fall.
The sheriff’s department said that is a possibility in this case, and they do not suspect foul play.
It will take a day or two for the medical examiner to do an evaluation.
Toxicology tests can take up to 30 days, so it may be a while before the official cause of death is released.