It is strange that the owner/captain of the flight was rescued first, with others missing. Typical seating in most light twins or singles puts the captain in the left seat, the typical exit door is on the right side or aft, so the pilot would have to walk past or step on the passengers to exit the plane. Additional exits can include a pilot side door on a Cessna 200 or 100 series single or a on the Navajho chieftan. Many aircraft will also have an emergency exit window or third door.They should have let the Barefoot thief fly it!
It will be interesting to hear what the captain of this flight has to say about everything, including the reason for returning to Michigan. Hopefully, he'll be cognizant of the possible criminal implications if theres a fatality involved and will consider getting an attorney before speaking to any dunce cops or witnesses about what happened.