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Authorities release 911 call in death of model at beer heir's home

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Police release 911 call in model's death
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "This girl is not waking up," Busch staffer calls 911
  • Adrienne Nicole Martin, 27, was found dead at August Busch IV's home, police say
  • Busch is a former CEO of Anheuser-Busch
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(CNN) -- A week after the body of a 27-year-old woman was found at the home of beer tycoon August Busch IV, Missouri police have released the 911 call from the incident.

"This girl is not waking up," Michael Jung, a home staff employee at the Busch estate, told the operator in the early morning hours of December 19.

"Is she breathing"? the 911 operator asked.

"We don't know," Jung replied. "It's dark. I'm going to get a light to see." The call ended after the operator told Jung that an ambulance had been sent to the property.

Frontenac, Missouri, police officers got the 911 call at 1:12 p.m. December 19, said the town's police chief, Thomas Becker.

Paramedics and police officers arrived eight minutes later to find Adrienne Nicole Martin dead, "with no apparent signs of trauma or other indications of cause of death," Becker said.

Busch's lawyer, Art Margulis, on Friday described Martin as a friend of his client's. Frontenac police have confirmed that Busch was home when Martin died.

"There's absolutely nothing here that would indicate that this occurred under any suspicious circumstances," said Margulis. "It's a tragic death of a ... very nice young lady."

Police in Frontenac, where the home is located, said they are investigating the death with help from the St. Louis County medical examiner. The community of about 3,500 people is 11 miles west of St. Louis, Missouri.

Martin was a model and aspiring art therapist, described as Native American on her page on iStudio.com, which says it serves "the modeling, photography, and associated industries." In the About Me section of her page, she writes that she had been in beauty pageants for years and "would really like to do beer advertising."

Busch, 46, became chief executive officer of Anheuser-Busch in December 2006, after years of working in the company's brewing, operations and marking divisions. He was in charge in 2008 when Belgian brewer InBev engineered a $52 billion takeover of the then-St. Louis-based company. With that move, the combined Anheuser-Busch InBev became the world's largest brewer.

"It was a very difficult time when August Busch IV took over," said Julie MacIntosh, author of the book "Dethroning the King," focusing on the last decade of Anheuser-Busch. "On a personal level, it was difficult for (August Busch IV) when the company was taken over."

Busch and several other members of his family, including his father and fellow former CEO August Busch III, took home tens of millions of dollars from the move, MacIntosh said.

But the takeover also largely ended the Busch family's legacy in brewing, namely heading the legendary institution known for its Budweiser and other brands. The story started with Adolphus Busch, the company founder and August Busch IV's great-grandfather.

August Busch IV is the only representative of the family -- and its former namesake company -- on the Anheuser-Busch InBev board of directors.

CNN's Greg Botelho contributed to this report.

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