Autopsy shows no trauma in death of Columbia attorney

Rest In Peace Beau Busch '96 Romeo Company

Rest In Peace Beau Busch ’96 Romeo Company


UPDATE: Body of missing Columbia man found, no foul play suspected

By HARRISON CAHILL The State, Columbia SC
February 4, 2015

COLUMBIA, SC — The Richland County Coroner’s Office released the results of an autopsy conducted on the Columbia-attorney found dead Tuesday afternoon showed no signs of trauma. Coroner Gary Watts issued a release that said they are awaiting the results of microscopic and toxicology testing that will determine how 41-year-old Beau Busch died. Columbia police and investigators said they do not believe there is any foul play connected to Busch’s death.

Investigators began searching for Busch after he was reported missing on Saturday. According to initial reports, he was dropped off by a friend at his South Holly Street residence and did not responded to several text messages and calls from family and friends in the days following. Family and friends became increasingly worried after Busch did not show up for an appointment on Monday in Greenville and was reported to not have his medications with him. Busch worked as an attorney at the Chappell, Smith and Arden law firm based in Columbia since 2002.

According to Mark Chappell, one of the firm’s three founding partners, Busch worked for the firm for more than a decade and it was the only job he had during his professional legal career. “He was an outstanding lawyer,” Chappell said. “He fought very hard for his clients. He was a person of integrity. Beau lived life to the fullest.” According to Busch’s profile on the firm’s website, he graduated from The Citadel in 1996 before attending the University of South Carolina School of Law. He graduated from USC in 2002. Shortly after he graduated, Busch was admitted to the Chappell, Smith and Arden firm where he spent over ten years practicing law.

Busch was a member of several professional organizations such as the Richland County Bar Association, Charleston County Bar Association, the Injured Workers’ Advocates group, the South Carolina Association for Justice and was also a law clerk for the Honorable James C. Williams Jr. Busch also led a very active lifestyle. He just recently returned from a ski trip, according to Chappell, and he also liked to surf in Folly Beach and internationally.

Busch is survived by his mother Jennifer Rash, his father Elloree Mayor Stan Busch and his sister.

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