Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder said on Monday that investigators believe the pilot killed in a Saturday helicopter crash was Dan Scott, 81, of Billings, but won't have an official confirmation until an autopsy is completed on Wednesday.
Scott is one of five children of Homer Scott Sr., who founded what is now known as First Interstate BancSystem, which has 72 banks across Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. At one point, he was general manager of the family's Padlock Ranch, a 500,000-acre cattle operation in Wyoming and Montana.
Linder said information gathered during the investigation has led authorities to believe that Scott was the pilot and sole occupant of a Bell 206B helicopter that crashed north of Shepherd on Saturday.
An official identification will be made on Wednesday after a scheduled autopsy.
The crash, and a resulting fire, happened at about 8:20 a.m. on Saturday near a bridge on Lambert Trail Road.
The National Transportation Safety Board is conducting the investigation into the crash and will issue a preliminary report at a later date.
Allen Kenitzer, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman, said after that crash that it appears the helicopter clipped nearby power lines, although an official cause has not yet been determined.
A celebration of Scott’s life is set for 3 p.m. on May 6 at the Padlock Ranch, according to a funeral listing from Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary.