Ben Hill County, GA –
After a weekend long search, the body of balloonist Edward Ristaino was found in thick woods around noon Monday in rural Ben Hill County.
The hot air balloon was caught in a fast-forming severe thunderstorm last Friday night.
The basket hit the ground at speeds upwards of 90 miles per hour killing Ristaino instantly. While he was in contact with members of his team on the ground until impact, where Ristaino’s doomed balloon went down was a mystery that spanned an area of 15 square miles.
It wasn’t until Monday morning when Ben Hill County Sheriff Bobby McLemors says he got a strong tip from a resident that led to the finding.