Determining what caused the death of a 55-year-old Alaska Airlines pilot whose body was found along the Golden State (5) Freeway in Burbank on Tuesday probably will take several weeks, according to L.A. County coroner's officials.
Toxicology tests are being conducted on the remains of the pilot, Lee Clifford Morris of Richland, Wash., whose mysterious death stunned friends.
“If we don't find anything obvious, those could take weeks,” coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter said of postmortem tests. “We are still doing an autopsy; it's premature for us to give any ruling on cause of death.”
Detectives were interviewing Morris' co-workers as they tried to determine how he died.
Officials said there were no obvious signs of injury — no gunshot or stab wounds — and no evidence that Morris had been struck by a car. Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said Morris' wallet and identification were found with his body, indicating that robbery was probably not a motive.