Weatherford Democrat


January 14, 2011

Weatherford helicopter down, pilot deceased


Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler is at the scene of a downed helicopter where it was discovered this morning that the pilot was deceased. The pilot's identity has now been released. He is Dempsey Stice, 42, of Weatherford.

The sheriff's office received a call about 6 p.m. Friday morning that a helicopter was down. The Civil Air Patrol contacted the sheriff's department and was able to give the location of the last known GPS track of the plane, Fowler said.

The Civil Air Patrol had originally been tracking the helicopter, working with Langley, Va., on Thursday night, Fowler said.

The last known radar track put it in the area of Fort Wolters, which is in Palo Pinto County but crosses into the northwest part of Parker County, before it went off the radar.

"We located it about 8:15 or 8:20 sitting in an area by a creek," Fowler said. "It was a rough area, very hard to get to."

The sheriff's helicopter was able to land about 900 yards away and their pilot radioed back that the downed helicopter's pilot was deceased.

"The pilot was in the pilot's seat and there was no sign of trauma on the body," Fowler said.

Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office was notified and came out - the body is currently there in Fort Worth.

Cause of death is undetermined.

The helicopter was privately owned out of Weatherford.


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