Updated 3:20 p.m. Missing film producer Brian Gerber has been identified as the victim in Wednesday's Angeles Crest Highway crash, according to a story on The Wrap blog. Further details are also available on the L.A. Weekly Blog which quotes Los Angeles County Battalion Chief Ron Larriva.
Larriva, according to the article, said a suicide note was found at mile marker 32. Larriva further told the Weekly that the Los Angeles Police Department and Sheriff's Department began searching Angeles Crest Highway for Gerber early this morning, having been notified by his family that he was distraught and thinking of running his car off a cliff in the area.
The following update was posted on Gerber's Facebook page Wednesday:
"Our worst fears regarding Brian Gerber have been confirmed. Brian’s family thanks you for all the condolences, good thoughts, prayers and asks for your patience and understanding during this most difficult of times. Obviously they are overwhelmed with this situation and are asking for privacy. We will be in touch as soon as arrangements have been made for services.''
A call to the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner has not yet been returned.
Montrose Search and Rescue Team found the body and a crashed car over the side of the highway Wednesday morning, said Reserve Chief Mike Leum. He declined to identify the victim, but said the car was a silver Prius.
Updated: A Los Angeles County Fire Department fire engine backed into a Search and Rescue vehicle at the scene, said Lt. Angela Shepherd.
The fire engine was turning around and accidentally hit the rescue vehicle parked on the side of the road, she said.
Earlier: A 41-year-old Los Angeles man was pronounced dead Wednesday morning after being ejected from his vehicle that crashed over the side of Angeles Crest Highway, said Lt. Angela Shepherd of the .
The accident site, at mile marker 31, a few miles north of La Cañada, was spotted by a passerby at 6 a.m., she said. The vehicle plummeted 600 feet down the side of the mountain in the Angeles National Forest, Shepherd added. Rescuers found the man about 500 feet down the embankment.
City News Service reported that there apparently were no other people in the vehicle, according to the Fire Department.
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