No quick answers seen on woman’s death at Busch heir home

ST. LOUIS (BestGrowthStock) – No quick answers were expected this week in the death of a young woman whose body was found last week at the estate of former Budweiser beer king August Busch IV, officials said on Monday.

The St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s office said that the body of the woman, identified as Adrienne Martin, 27, of nearby St. Charles County, showed no immediate signs of trauma but that it would take at least another three weeks before detailed toxicology tests were complete and a cause of death determined.

The medical examiner’s office said Martin was found dead in Busch’s suburban Huntleigh mansion at 12:30 p.m. on December 19.

Police released a transcript of a 911 call at 1:12 p.m. from the house reporting the woman wouldn’t wake up. Police have given no explanation for the 42-minute delay.

Local media reports say Busch, 46, had been dating the woman for several months. Known around St. Louis as “the Fourth,” Busch is part of a family that dominated America beer sales until the operation was sold in 2008 to Belgian brewer InBev for $52 billion.

Busch was divorced from his wife in 2009 and has been out of public view until last Thursday, when the death of the woman was announced.

Busch family attorney Art Margulis did not return a phone call for comment on Monday. He was quoted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as saying “there is absolutely nothing suspicious about her passing, and it’s a tragic and untimely death of a young person.”

The Post-Dispatch and other media reports said Martin once worked for Hooters and was an aspiring beer model. The newspaper also quoted Martin’s ex-husband as saying she had a heart condition that she kept secret and refused to treat.

Both police and the medical examiner’s office have said answers in the case wouldn’t be forthcoming until the toxicology report was complete. Neither Busch nor members of the family have made a public comment.

Busch had various legal problems when he was young, including a 1983 car crash in Tucson, Arizona, where he was cleared of any wrongdoing in the death of a 22-year-old woman, who died in the crash.

He was in charge of the company when it was sold to the Belgian brewers and became a consultant for the Belgians.

(Reporting by Bruce Olson, Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Peter Bohan)

No quick answers seen on woman’s death at Busch heir home