Report: Firefighter Who Died On Backpacking Trip Had Alcohol, Drug In His System
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Arcadia firefighter who fell from a cliff while searching for his dog on a camping trip had alcohol and ecstasy in his system, according to toxicology reports released on Friday by the Ventura County Coroner’s Office.
On June 13, Mike Herdman had ventured up into the rugged terrain of Sespe Wilderness with fellow firefighter Taylor Byars.
While huddled around a campsite, Herdman’s dog, Duke, went missing. Herdman ran off barefoot to chase after Duke, wearing only board shorts and a T-shirt, but never came back.
Byars searched for his friend for nearly two days before he made his way out of the wilderness and reported his friend missing.
The 36-year-old’s disappearance set off a two-week search in the Los Padres National Forest.
His body was found on June 27 about 1,200 feet above his campsite after he had apparently fallen from a cliff.
Herdman’s death was ruled accidental, caused by blunt-force injury.