Bodies found on Mount Tamalpais

04/24/2014

The bodies of two missing women have been found roughly a mile apart on trails around Mount Tamalpais within a week. Magdalena Glinkowski, 33, of Menlo Park, was declared missing for two weeks after her rental car was found at the Bootjack trailhead. Her body was found on April 13 after an extensive search by ground and air. 

A second woman, Marie Sanner, a 50-year-old Mill Valley resident who took a midnight hike with her German Shepherd and a visiting friend, was found at Fern Creek, 60 feet down a slope from the Matt Davis Trail, only a few hours after she was declared missing last Thursday. 

For some, the fatalities are eerily reminiscent of the “Trailside Killer,” David Carpenter. Yet deputies have emphasized that there have been no signs of foul play, suggesting instead that the deaths are an unfortunate coincidence among the 400 calls for assistance, rescue or medical service the sheriff’s office responds to on the mountain annually, said Lt. Doug Pittman, the Point Reyes Station commander. The official cause of death depends on the coroner’s toxicology reports, which could take up to four weeks to complete.