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Doctor Arrested in Golfer's Death Investigation

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Erica Blasberg Erica Blasberg
Thomas Hess Thomas Hess
Erica's Father Talks to the Media Erica's Father Talks to the Media

HENDERSON -- Nearly eight weeks after professional golfer Erica Blasberg was found dead in her Henderson home, the Clark County coroner's office has ruled her death a suicide. Toxic levels of prescription drugs were also found in her system.

The 25-year-old's family says they still want answers. Their focus is now turned to Dr. Thomas Hess, the man police say was with her the night before she died. An arrest warrant was issued for Hess Tuesday for obstruction of justice. He turned himself in, posted bail and was released. 

The night before her death, Blasberg's father Mel says she seemed fine. Blasberg's believe only Dr. Hess can help them figure out what may have caused her to want to kill herself.

The Blasberg's addressed the media at Henderson Police headquarters Tuesday afternoon. Mel Blasberg father Mel spoke with a sense of urgency. Police found his daughter on May 9 with a plastic bag secured over her head. While they don't suspect foul play, police say Hess removed items from the scene before they got there.

The doctor admitted taking a suicide note by Blasberg and prescription medication he gave her, and then hiding it in his car. He's now charged with obstruction.

Erica's father wants Hess to give the family the fact's of what happened.

"Step up and give us the answers. It's not going to change what the medical board says. It's not going to change his civil liabilities, but it will make a difference to us," he said.

The family's attorney says there's a lot to process emotionally. He says there are a limited set of known facts in this case, some they may never know, but others they have to dig for. Once they find out those details, the family's attorney says he'll evaluate those with Nevada law and seek legal action.

LISTEN: Erica Blasberg Death 911 Call

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