Madison County coroner releases official causes in five recent deaths

News-DemocratAugust 21, 2013 


Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn on Wednesday released his findings in the deaths of five people who died in Madison County.

Four of those were determined to have died from drug overdoses. The fifth died from blunt chest trauma in a car crash on July 20.

William R. Heimburger, 42, of #2 Bopp Lane in Town and Country, Mo., was found unresponsive at the Indian Mound Motel in Fairmont City on May 1. He was taken to the Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City where he was pronounced dead. The coroner's and toxicology report indicated he died from acute intoxication with cocaine and heroin.

Terry Lynn Hornsey, 64, of 3505 Ohio in Alton, was pronounced dead at his home on July 19. The cause of death was determined to be fentanyl and alcohol toxicity. Toxicological testing found the level of the pain control drug to be at a lethal level and his blood alcohol level 0.202. Hornsey had been prescribed the pain medication.

Clarence P. Peach, 48, of 2807 Myrtle Ave. in Granite City, was pronounced dead at his home on June 16. The cause of death was determined to be "mixed drug intoxication exacerbating hypertensive and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease." Toxicological testing found a combination of citalopram (an antidepressant), doxylamine (an antihistamine also used as a sedative) and hydrocodone (commonly known as Vicodin, a pain medication) at levels, which in combination and coupled with existing heart disease, resulted in his death.

Becky A. Cauley, 46, of 2808 Marshall Ave. in Granite City, was pronounced dead at her home July 5. The cause of death was determined to be "polypharmacy overdose of sertraline, commonly known as Zoloft, morphine, and nordiazepam (metabolite of Valium)." Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication, was also found in her blood.

John F. Isenberg, 47, of 316 E. Fourth St. in O'Fallon, died of blunt chest trauma in a two-car crash along Troy O'Fallon Road at Mill Creek Road in July. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Toxicological testing found no alcohol but did reveal a therapeutic level of hydrocodone (Vicodin) at the time of the crash.

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