Investigators have recovered all bodies and key pieces of evidence from the scene of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others Sunday in the Los Angeles area, officials said Tuesday.
Bryant, 41, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were on the Sikorsky S-76B aircraft when it left Orange County Sunday and crashed on a steep hillside in Calabasas just before 10 a.m.
The coroner’s office said through the use of fingerprints it has confirmed the identity of four of the nine people killed in the crash: John Altobelli, 56; Kobe Bryant, 41; Sarah Chester, 45; and Ara Zobayan, 50.
Those names had already been made public by family and friends, but this was the first official confirmation. Work continues to officially confirm the identity of the five others.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but dense fog at the time was such that the Los Angeles Police Department and the county sheriff’s department grounded their helicopters.