An autopsy was scheduled today for a 55-year-old Alaska Airlines pilot who was found dead on an offramp of the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway in Burbank.
The body of Lee Clifford Morris of Richland, Wash., was found around 6 p.m. Tuesday on the Scott Road offramp of the freeway by paramedics responding to a call of a man down, Burbank police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said.
Burbank Fire Department paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene, he said.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Captain Morris, who was a highly respected pilot and a 26-year veteran at Alaska,” said Gary Beck, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of flight operations. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lee’s fiancee and other loved ones. He will be greatly missed by his fellow pilots and all employees at Alaska.”
Morris was a grandfather who worked as a pilot for 26 years, Alaska Airlines spokesman Paul McElroy told the Los Angeles Times.
He was on a scheduled layover at the time of his death, Ryburn said. Burbank police said there was no obvious cause of death, that Morris was in civilian clothes, and that his wallet was not taken from him.
Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious on the offramp between midnight and 6 p.m. Tuesday was asked to call Burbank police at 818-238-3210.