Foul play ruled out in Amber Bently’s death |

Foul play ruled out in Amber Bently’s death

by Sheila Gardner

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office issued a one-paragraph statement Tuesday that the cause of death of 34-year-old Amber Bently is undetermined, but ruled out foul play.

“There was no evidence of trauma and no information was developed to indicate the death was the result of some criminal means,” said Undersheriff Paul Howell.

Her body was discovered July 19 in a Gardnerville apartment.

She was the wife of Minden businessman Christopher Bently.

According to reports, she died several weeks before her body was discovered. She and Bently were estranged at the time of her death.

At a memorial service for his wife, Bently acknowledged her bouts with mental illness in the past few years.

Family members and friends said she rejected offers of help and secluded herself.

Howell said Tuesday it is not unusual for the medical examiner not to be able to determine a cause of death, partly due to the decomposition of her body.

“After exhaustive toxicology, it was determined there was no trauma , no injury, no poisoning,” Howell said.

He said there was no evidence of a drug overdose.

“There was no damage to her surrounding area or evidence of any kind of criminal activity. If it had been a drug overdose, toxicology would have told us that,” Howell said.

He said the date of death was undetermined.

Howell said the sheriff’s investigation was closed.

The Washoe County Medical Examiner conducted the autopsy and prepared the toxicology report, Howell said.

Amber Bently grew up in Gardnerville and graduated from Douglas High School in 1997. She moved to San Francisco in 1999 when she was 20, and married Christopher Bently two years later. He is the son of Minden businessman Don Bently who died in October 2012.

Amber and Christopher Bently founded Bently Holdings, a San Francisco-based property management company dedicated to sustainable building practices.

Christopher Bently recently announced plans to renovate the Minden flour mill into one of Nevada’s first craft distilleries.