Casino executive's death ruled accidental


A Wynn Las Vegas executive found dead in her luxury high-rise apartment last month died from consuming excessive amounts of alcohol and rubbing alcohol before falling and hitting her head.

The Clark County coroner's office ruled that Sharla Perry, 41, died from blunt force trauma after a fall or collapse due to "acute ethanol and isopropanol intoxication."

Other significant conditions contributing to the death included chronic ethanol abuse, said Clark County Assistant Coroner John Fudenberg. Her death was ruled an accident.

Perry, a director of VIP services for the casino, was found dead about 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Turnberry Towers, 322 Karen Ave., near Sahara Avenue and Paradise Road.

According to a police report, the death was initially deemed suspicious because of bruising on the body.

Fudenberg said he could not comment on Perry's condition because her medical history was not public record.

In general, he said, bruising on a body does not always indicate a violent death.

"At first glance, bruising from what may be natural processes may look like bruising from trauma," Fudenberg said. "It's up for a forensic pathologist to determine whether it's from trauma or a significant medical condition."

Police said the body was discovered after the woman's mother called security at the complex and asked them to perform a welfare check.

She told security her daughter had not been at work for several days and had a medical condition, police said.

When security officers checked, they made "verbal contact" with someone in the residence who indicated they were OK.

Several hours later, the body was found after Perry's mother asked the officers to go inside the residence.

Police said Perry was found on the living room floor of her two-bedroom apartment.

Contact reporter Mike Blasky at mblasky@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0283.

 

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