The Stillwater woman who disappeared in late April, setting off a search that ended with her body being found about a week later in the St. Croix River, was extremely intoxicated at the time of her death, authorities said Thursday.
Abbey Kae Russell, 24, died from freshwater drowning, and no foul play is suspected, according to the Ramsey County medical examiner's office.
Test results showed Russell had a blood alcohol content of 0.336 percent, more than four times the legal limit for driving in Minnesota. There were no drugs in her system, the results also revealed.
A person who was fishing on the river a few miles north of Stillwater found the body floating in the water on May 2.
Russell, who disappeared April 24, was originally from Wisconsin and recently had moved to Stillwater from Florida. She had been working as a server at Pub 112 in downtown Stillwater for two weeks before she was reported missing.
A request from authorities to boat owners to check their vessels and surrounding property helped lead to the discovery of a bottle of Mouton Cadet, the brand of a Bordeaux wine that Russell was believed to have been carrying that night.