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John Doe Obituary, Death; Pilot died from injuries suffered in crash, DNA needed to ID pilot

John Doe Obituary, Death; – The deceased pilot from the single-engine plane crash in northwestern Tippecanoe County on Thursday has been identified as John Doe, as confirmed by Tippecanoe County Coroner Carrie Costello on Monday. The autopsy results from Monday revealed that Doe’s cause of death was due to multiple injuries sustained during the crash.

The investigation into the manner of Doe’s death is ongoing, pending the results of toxicology reports which may take up to eight weeks. Costello mentioned that she has a presumptive identification of the pilot, but she needs to confirm it before releasing the name. DNA testing is being conducted by comparing the DNA of a family member of the presumptive pilot with Doe’s DNA, which could take several weeks. The missing plane, owned by Purdue Aviation, was last seen on Thursday evening and was reported missing on Friday afternoon, leading to a search operation. Purdue Aviation President Jeff Pritchard declined to comment on the incident as it is currently under investigation.

The wreckage of the plane was discovered in a farm field east of Otterbein, south of Tippecanoe County Road 750 North, north of Tippecanoe County Road 600 North, and west of U.S. 231. Doe’s remains were recovered from the wreckage on Saturday after the plane was removed from the site. Federal Aviation Administration investigators were present at the scene on Saturday morning, as mentioned by Costello last week.

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