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Police search office of doctor connected to ex-Wildcat Blasberg

Pill, bags, handwriting sample sought in golfer's death

  • Erica Blasberg at the 2008 LPGA Championship.
    Keith Allison/WikipediaErica Blasberg at the 2008 LPGA Championship.

Police in Nevada searched the medical office and home of a doctor connected to former Arizona Wildcat golfer Erica Blasberg.

Police searched the Henderson, Nev., properties on May 13 of Dr. Thomas Hess, according to TMZ.com. The website reports that Hess was a regular golfing partner of Blasberg, whose body was found in her suburban Las Vegas apartment May 9 after a 911 call from her apartment. Initial reports indicated Blasberg took her own life, but police have not confirmed that.

TMZ reports:

Cops were on the hunt for "small blue oval pills in a 30 package blister pack." Cops say they found a 30-package blister pack at Erica's home after she died. We know cops were looking specifically for alprazolam (Xanax), which could have been the blue pills in question. Erica's dad tells TMZ his daughter took Xanax over the last few years to fight anxiety.

Cops were also looking for white, medium-sized trash bags with no drawstrings, the same type of bags that were found next to Erica's body. And we've learned cops found the same type of white bags in Dr. Hess' medical office.

And cops were searching for a handwriting sample from Dr. Hess. Erica's dad says cops found "some sort of note" near the scene, but he didn't have specifics.

An employee of a local golf course tells TMZ Dr. Hess and Erica were regular golfing partners. They played golf 2 days before her body was found. Erica's dad says he does not know the nature of the relationship Erica had with Dr. Hess.

A blister pack was found at Blasberg's home after her death. The medication is believed to be alprazolam (Xanax).

Blasberg was a 2-time all-American for the Wildcats in 2003 and 2004, winning six times over her two seasons at Arizona. She was the 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year and won the Golfstat Cup after recording the lowest average scoring total for the 2003 season.

Blasberg turned professional in June 2004 and qualified for the LPGA Tour the following year. The southern California native won a career-high $113,428 in 2008 and finished in a tie for eighth in the SBS Open in Hawaii that year. She only made one appearance on the tour this year, two weeks ago in Mexico.

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