Photo by Brandon Macz: A celebration of life for Vanderbeck was held in the Century Ballroom on Jan. 14.
Photo by Brandon Macz: A celebration of life for Vanderbeck was held in the Century Ballroom on Jan. 14.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death of Amy Vanderbeck, the 49-year-old Capitol Hill woman found in a Volunteer Park pond in January, as an accidental drowning.

A Seattle Parks and Recreation employee found Vanderbeck’s body in a pond near the Black Hole Sun statue in Volunteer Park on the morning of Jan. 9.

At the time of Vanderbeck’s death, the Examiner’s Office reported it was awaiting the results of a toxicology report to determine the cause.

The toxicology report has been completed, according to an Examiner’s Office staffer, however, its findings are only being made available to Vanderbeck’s family because it is unrelated to her death. The cause was determined to be asphyxia from freshwater drowning.

Family and friends of Vanderbeck, who co-owned Watertown Coffee & Salon in Capitol Hill for three years and had recently started a podcast that explored depression, filled the Century Ballroom on Jan. 14, for a celebration of life that was followed by a marching band-led procession that ended at the pond.