Police: Coroner’s Report Shows Alaska Airlines Pilot’s Death Was Not Suspicious

BURBANK (CBSLA.com) — An autopsy conducted on the Alaska Airlines pilot who was found dead on the side of Interstate 5 earlier this week initially shows his death was not suspicious in nature, according to the Burbank Police Department.

Paramedics discovered 55-year-old Lee Clifford Morris on the Scott Road off-ramp of the freeway at around 6 p.m. on Tuesday. They pronounced him dead at the scene.

Morris was a 26-year veteran of Alaska Airlines and resident of Richland, Washington. He was also a grandfather and engaged to be married.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Captain Morris, who was a highly respected pilot and 26-year veteran at Alaska. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lee’s fiancée and other loved ones. He will be greatly missed by his fellow pilots and all employees at Alaska,” Alaska Airlines Vice President of Flight Operations Gary Beck said in a statement.

Anyone who may have seen something suspicious on the off-ramp between midnight and 6 p.m. Tuesday was asked to call police at (818)238-3210.


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