Steamboat Springs Toxicology tests show the 32-year-old Yampa woman found dead in a Steamboat Springs hotel room March 15 had alcohol and a significant amount of prescription painkillers in her system.
The test results gave Steamboat Springs Police Department investigators further evidence that the combination caused Gillian “Jill” Gentile’s death.
“At this point, there is no indication of foul play or homicide,” Deputy Chief Bob DelValle said Thursday.
DelValle said tests showed Gentile’s blood alcohol content was 0.198, more than twice the legal limit to drive a car. DelValle said he had never seen a death from alcohol toxicity at that relatively low level, but the alcohol along with the prescription painkillers might have been a deadly combination. DelValle said Gentile had a “pretty high amount” of the painkillers in her system, but he would not specify what kind of painkillers she had taken.
A medical examiner will review the autopsy and toxicology test results to determine the official cause of death.
After a maid found Gentile body slumped over a trash can at the Quality Inn & Suites, police initially thought Gentile’s death was suspicious and treated the investigation as a possible homicide. Police later uncovered a love triangle between Gentile, Oak Creek resident Samuel Wisecup Jr. and his girlfriend Kendra Parker.
Although police initially thought foul play might have been involved, they now think Wisecup spent the night with Gentile and then panicked after finding her dead. Police think Wisecup then went to pick up Parker before the two left town later in the day. Police arrested Wisecup and Parker at a hotel in Amarillo, Texas, the day after Gentile’s body was found, and the couple was arrested because police say they stole Gentile’s car to flee Colorado.
DelValle said he thinks Wisecup is in the process of being brought back to Routt County Jail. His bond has been set at $10,000. Parker returned to Routt County and was booked into the jail March 21. She was released from custody after posting a $10,000 bond.
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