Coroner: Richland pilot's death 'not suspicious'

Coroner: Richland pilot's death 'not suspicious' »Play Video
Lee Morris

BURBANK, Calif. -- Foul play is not suspected in the death of an Alaska Airlines pilot whose body was found Tuesday night on a Southern California freeway off-ramp, police said.

The finding came after an initial autopsy was performed by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Final results are pending additional medical examinations.

The autopsy found that the pilot's death is “not considered a suspicious death” at this time, said Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department. The cause of death was not provided.

Lee Morris, 55, of Richland, Wash., had worked as a pilot for Alaska Airlines for 26 years, the company said.

An airline spokesperson said Morris was on a three-day trip flying from Seattle to Burbank. He was set to fly back to Seattle on Tuesday morning.

Alaska Airlines officials contacted police after he failed to show up for the flight.

In a written statement, Alaska Airlines Vice President of Flight Operations Gary Beck said the company is deeply saddened by the loss of Capt. Morris.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lee's fiancée and other loved ones," Beck said. "He will be greatly missed by his fellow pilots and all employees at Alaska."