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BSO Case Number: LS01-12-182 (updated)
PIO Number: 01-12-21
Date: December 12, 2001
Time: 1019
Place of Occurrence: In the ocean about 100 yds. from 4140 El Mar Drive, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea


  • Helmet Mihelstart, a.k.a. Helmut Mitteistadt, 50, 9/30/51, male, (DECEASED)


  • None

Description of Incident:

Through fingerprint analysis, Broward Sheriff's Office detectives have identified an apparent drowning victim who died while swimming in the Atlantic Ocean in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Wednesday morning.

The German born victim has been identified as Helmet Mihelstart. Mihelstart’s fingerprints were matched with those on file from his 1984 misdemeanor arrest.

Following a 911 call shortly after 10 a.m., a BSO helicopter pilot was dispatched to the area of the 4100 block of El Mar Drive behind the Sea Lord Resort Motel, where he spotted the adult male about 100 yards from shore. The U.S. Coast Guard assisted BSO’s Marine Unit with recovering Mihelstart’s body.

Beachgoers told BSO detectives they saw the victim swimming in the in the ocean then a short time later he stopped swimming. Foul play is not suspected, and homicide detectives noted no signs of trauma to the body. The Broward Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the exact cause of death.

In the hopes of making a next of kin notification, anyone who knew 50-year-old Helmet Mihelstart is asked to call BSO Homicide Det. Rick Libman at (954) 321-4210.


INVESTIGATORS: Sgts. Carr, O’Neil and Det. Libman
THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO

Posted At: 12/12/2001 04:21 PM

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