People killed in Shelbyville plane crash identified

SHELBYVILLE — A Bloomington company has announced its founder and president was one of two victims in a plane crash discovered in a Shelby County field Friday.

Nathan Finney, Bloomington, was the founder of Finney Hospitality Group, which according to the company has five restaurants in Bloomington along with others throughout the state, including Indianapolis, Carmel, West Lafayette and Mishawaka. The other man was identified as Dr. Warren Bruhl, a flight instructor from Illinois who was also a chiropractor, according to Gambit Aviation, which posted about Bruhl’s death in a social media post.

Finney opened The Tap in Bloomington in 2012, which was followed by the Tap Brewing Company, Yogi’s, Social Cantina, and Smokeworks, according to social media posts, and was contracted to open a location at the Indianapolis International Airport.

Indiana State Police were sent to the area of 6300 N. County Road 325W on a report of a plane crash at 4:50 p.m. Wednesday. When emergency responders arrived they could see smoke coming from the middle of a cornfield, state police said. As they got closer they could see what appeared to be a severely damaged small aircraft with heavy smoke. After the fire was extinguished, the remains of one adult man was visible in the wreckage, state police said. Troopers continued to examine the damaged aircraft and later that evening the remains of a second adult male was located in the wreckage.

The investigation has been turned over to the FAA and the Shelby County Coroner’s office, according to state police.