A man whose body was found by a hiker in a ravine below
the trail leading to Inspiration Point in the Angeles National Forest near
Altadena was a 56-year-old Los Angeles resident, the coroner's office reported
Martin Samuel Burns died on Sunday. A helicopter team airlifted his body
from the scene that afternoon.
According to a story on Variety.com, Burns was an investigative reporter a producer for FOX 11 News. FOX's Gigi Graciette tweeted, "Sad week for our FOX 11 family as we lose friend + colleague Martin Burns in hiking accident.”
Fox 11′s VP News Director Kingsley Smith told the network, "He made a personal difference in my professional life every day. Whenever he stopped by to share a story, I saw the deep passion and dedication in his work and projects.”
The preliminary cause of death was trauma from a fall from the steep trail, authorities said. An autopsy was pending.
- City News Service, Hazel Lodevico-To'o contributed to this report.