Coroner: Two Women Found Dead on Mt. Tam Died Accidentally

Magdalena Glinkowski of Menlo Park and Marie Christine Sanner of Mill Valley both died on Mt. Tamalpais within one week of each other in April.

By Bay City News Service:

Two women hikers who were found dead on Mt. Tamalpais trails in April died of accidental causes, not foul play, the Marin County coroner's office said Tuesday.

Magdalena Glinkowski, 33, of Menlo Park, died of environmental exposure with hypothermia. She was last seen at her home on March 30, and she left a note stating she was going hiking, the Marin County Sheriff's Office said.

Her body was found April 12. There were no physical injuries or toxicological factors that led to her death, Assistant Chief Deputy Coroner Lt. Keith Boyd said.

The investigation determined Glinkowski was unfamiliar with the area and was unprepared for a prolonged solo hike, Boyd said.

Marie Christine Sanner, 50, of Mill Valley, was found dead on April 17. She died of blunt force injuries to the head resulting from a fall off the trail, Boyd said.

Factors that contributed to Sanner's death were hiking at night without sufficient light, her unfamiliarity with the trail, and the presence of alcohol in her system, Boyd said.

Sanner's blood-alcohol level was 0.12 percent, Boyd said. A level of 0.08 percent is considered too intoxicated to legally drive.

Carol X June 19, 2014 at 01:47 AM
What about the 3rd woman?
novato 3per June 19, 2014 at 10:01 AM
William Bertram June 21, 2014 at 04:50 AM
I think 'Something' might have scared these women either to death, or enough to make them fall, as in Marie Christine Sanner's case. After David Paulides' latest book, and the 3 subsequent ones, I no longer look at these types of incidents with a casual dismissal. Too many people I have known, including myself, have had some pretty terrifying experiences with, again, 'Something' that could not be seen, but was definitely either watching and following, or making very obvious noises in surrounding foliage. This includes rocks dropping straight out of the sky on a few occasions. Spontaneous branches breaking, or even trees falling nearby. I would love to hear from anyone who has these types of encounters from Deer Park to Mt. Tam to Pine Mountain. I have even talked about it with complete strangers on the trail at times who very much agreed that something very odd was happening at times in the upper watershed lands between Fairfax and Bolinas ridge.
Hopkin June 21, 2014 at 09:19 AM
William, perhaps there are Native American stories about the area.


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