Kaua‘i police positively ID all 7 helicopter crash victims
Officials with the Kaua‘i Police Department’s (KPD) Crime Scene and Laboratory Unit have positively identified all those aboard the helicopter that crashed last month in Koke'e.
A new, advanced form of DNA technology was used by KPD's forensic team to confirm all seven victims.
“The findings we made would have typically taken weeks but we were able to complete them in-house within a short period of time so that we could bring some sense of closure to the families and friends of the victims,” said KPD Chief Todd G. Raybuck. “I really want to thank everyone at KPD, and all of our partner agencies, for their hard work throughout this entire investigation. I also want to express my deepest condolences again to those who lost their loved ones in this terrible tragedy.”
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.
The process of identification utilized Applied Biosystems RapidHIT ID System™ from Thermo Fisher Scientific, which was validated and implemented by KPD in 2019.