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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

October 3, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Body found off California freeway was Alaska Airlines pilot from Richland

A body found Tuesday night along a freeway off-ramp in Burbank, Calif,. was that of a 55-year-old Richland, Wash., man.

A passerby spotted the body along a fence at the Scott Road off-ramp to Interstate 5 about 6 p.m. and called authorities, Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn tells the Los Angeles Times. He was identified as Clifford Morris of Richland, Ryburn said.

Morris was a pilot for  Horizon and Alaska Airlines.

Detectives are waiting on coroner’s officials to determine a cause of death, according to the Times. There were no obvious signs of injury and no evidence Morris had been struck by a car. His wallet and identification were also with him, indicating robbery was probably not a motive, the Times reported.

“We absolutely don’t know,” Ryburn said.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Captain Morris, who was a highly respected pilot and 26-year veteran at Alaska,” Gary Beck, Alaska Airlines vice president of flight operations said in a released statement. “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.”

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