Kaua`i Police Positively Id All 7 Helicopter Crash Victims

LIHU`E, KAUA`I (Ben Caxton) — The Kaua`i Police Department’s Crime Scene and Laboratory Unit has positively identified the pilot and six passengers aboard the helicopter that crashed the day after Christmas in Koke`e. All seven victims were recently confirmed through KPD’s forensic work – with help from a new, advanced form of DNA technology. Kaua`i Police Chief Todd G. Raybuck said the findings would have typically taken weeks but were completed in-house within a short period of time using the “Applied Biosystems RapidHIT ID System™ from Thermo Fisher Scientific that was added to KPD’s arsenal of tools in 2019. The pilot was positively identified as 69-year-old Paul Matero of Wailua. Four of the six passengers were confirmed to be a family from Switzerland – 50-year-old Sylvie Winteregg, 49-year-old Christophe Winteregg, 13-year-old Alice Winteregg and 10-year-old Agathe Winteregg. The other two passengers were confirmed to be 47-year-old Amy Gannon and 13-year-old Jocelyn Gannon of Madison, Wisconsin.

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