The cause of death for 61-year-old Juneau resident Sandra Gelber was freshwater drowning.
Gelber died May 4 after being found in the water off Salmon Creek Trail. She was a physical therapist at Bartlett Regional Hospital.
The Juneau Police Department received a cause of death report from the State Medical Examiner Office at the end of June.
Lt. David Campbell says the report also lists blunt force trauma to Gelber’s head, which may have been a result of falling from the trail into the water. She was found about 40 feet below the trail.
Gelber also had a pre-existing medical condition which, Campbell says, likely contributed to the fall.
He says there’s no indication of foul play.
“The case has been closed. The report was filed in with the case and at this point in time, there isn’t anything from the case that makes it appear to be nefarious in any way,” Campbell says.
Last week, another Juneau resident died while on a trail. 63-year-old Peter McKay collapsed while walking on Flume Trail.
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