A preliminary autopsy shows the pilot of a helicopter didn't suffer a medical event prior to crashing on Saturday morning, but died from blunt force trauma during the accident.
Officials say that a helicopter went off the radar in Cincinnati at around 9:30 a.m. Witnesses at the scene believe they heard the crash at about 10:30 a.m. A search began for the helicopter and the body of Joseph Ohnheiser, 60, who was found at around 4:30 p.m.
Ohnheiser was from Sadieville, Kentucky. He was traveling from Georgetown, Kentucky where he stored his helicopter, to an unknown destination.
The helicopter, and Ohnheiser's body, were found in a wooded area off of IN-56 in Ohio County, at the end of Miller Brick Lane, by the Civil Air Patrol. It is believed that Ohnheiser died on impact.
Crews from Rising Sun, Ohio County, and Switzerland County were all on scene to help with the search. Aircare was also called to help.
Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. Noel Houze says an autopsy on Ohnheiser was performed Sunday morning. Houze says final results won't be available for several weeks, but preliminary results show that he didn't suffer any sort of medical event prior to the crash.
Houze also says investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board they spent the day going through the wreckage at the crash site near the town of Rising Sun before removing the aircraft from the scene.