Skeletal human remains that were found near Indian Wells Beach in January and were turned over to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office have been positively identified as those of William Maerov, who was a passenger on the ill-fated flight that also carried his grandparents, Bonnie and Ben Krupinski on June 2, 2018, according to East Hampton Town police Captain Chris Anderson.
The pilot of the plane, Jon Dollard, and the three Krupinski family members, all died when the Piper PA 31 Navajo went down near where the remains were found. The plane crashed in the ocean after encountering extremely heavy turbulence.
The remains of Bonnie and Ben Krupinski, a renowned builder and developer on the East End, were found soon after the accident. After five days, the search team, led by the East Hampton Town Police dive team, found the wreckage of the plane, as well as the pilot’s body, about a mile off Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett. Police eventually called off the search after failing to find Maerov’s body.