Autopsy report for Adam Gilbertson released by Denver Office of the Medical Examiner

DENVER – The autopsy report for a Minnesota native whose body was found nearly a month after he disappeared following a night out in Denver has been released by the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner.

Adam Gilbertson, a 29-year-old registered nurse, never showed up for work on the morning of December 15. Surveillance video detailed Gilbertson’s whereabouts on the night of Thursday, December 14 through early Friday morning.

Missing under strange circumstances, his family organized a search party with more than 100 volunteers back in January to search for the missing man. His body was eventually found on the afternoon of Jan. 13 along the eastern bank of the South Platte River.

According to the autopsy report obtained by Denver7 from the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner, Gilbertson died “as a result of the combined toxic effects of alcohol, hydrocodone (an opioid pain-killer), and amphetamine in combination with possible fresh water drowning, with a significant contributing condition of recent cocaine use.”  

Gilbertson’s manner death was ruled an accident.

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