MINERAL WELLS (AP/KRLD) – A private helicopter made a safe landing in a state park in North Texas before the pilot was found dead in the cockpit.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler says foul play is not suspected and the chopper did not crash. The helicopter was discovered Friday morning at Mineral Wells State Park, about 45 miles west of Fort Worth.

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Fowler told The Associated Press that his office Thursday night received a report of a helicopter, based in nearby Weatherford, that was overdue.

Radar tracking helped guide searchers to the last known area of the four-seat helicopter.

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Fowler says there was no sign of a hard landing or trauma on the pilot, who owned the aircraft.

The name of the pilot was not immediately released. An autopsy has been ordered.

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