LAKE WALES, FLA. -- All 6 members of a noted Kansas family were killed when their small plane crashed in a remote, swampy area of Polk County during the noon hour Thursday.
Authorities say Junction City, Kansas, businessman Ron Bramlage was piloting the single-turboprop plane witnesses say the engine began sputtering and it began to break apart in the air, crashing in Tiger Creek Preserve in Lake Wales.
Bramlage was killed along with his wife and their four children, ages 8 to 15. Investigators recovered the last of the bodies Friday afternoon. The victim, a teenage family member, was found roughly a half mile from the main crash site.
Investigators had suspected that the teen had been sucked out of the plane when it began breaking up just before its crash.
Bramlage owned Roadside Ventures LLC in Junction City. The basketball arena at Kansas State University is named for Bramlage's grandfather.
The plane had taken off from Port St. Lucie earlier in the day, and was bound for Kansas when it went down. The family has been on vacation in the Bahamas.
Deputies said the plane crashed in an area only accessible by all terrain vehicles.