Stillwater woman drowned in St. Croix River, was highly intoxicated at the time


The Stillwater woman whose body was found in the St. Croix River was four times over the legal driving limit when she drowned, a medical examiner has confirmed.

Abbey Russell, 24, was reported missing on April 25 and her body was found a week later north of downtown Stillwater. She had only just moved to the city from Pensacola, Florida.

According to Pioneer Press, the results from the examination found that Russell's blood-alcohol level was 0.336 when she died – quadruple the legal limit for driving, which is 0.08.

A 2009 graduate of Fall Creek High School near Eau Claire, Wisconsin, she had been working as a waitress at Pub 112 in Stillwater when she disappeared, the newspaper notes.

KAAL writes that she was reported missing after her roommate heard her cellphone ringing and noticed she wasn't there.

Her disappearance sparked a major search effort led by the Stillwater Police Department and Washington County Sheriff's Office.

According to the Star Tribune, a bottle of Mouton Cadet red wine was found during the search; it is the brand that Russell was believed to have been carrying on her way home the night she went missing.

The Stillwater Gazette reports that drowning was ruled as the cause of death by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner, and that a toxicology report turned up no drugs in her system.

Authorities say there is no foul play suspected in her death.

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