UPDATE 5:25 PM: The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has confirmed that the body found at the bottom of a ravine in Angeles National Forest is that of documentary film producer Brian Gerber. Coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter tells The Associated Press that the death is being investigated as a possible suicide.
PREVIOUS: The family of missing documentary filmmaker Brian Gerber has posted on his Facebook page “Our worst fears regarding Brian Gerber have been confirmed”. Gerber was reported missing yesterday, and today police said they had found a body and a vehicle that fit the description of Gerber’s silver Toyota Prius at the bottom of a ravine off the Angeles Crest Highway. The family’s statement goes on to say: “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.” LAPD police Lt. Mike Menza says the family was concerned because Gerber had been despondent. He says Gerber left a note for his wife that he was driving to Angeles National Forest. An LA County coroner’s office spokesman said this afternoon that their investigation was ongoing and they could not release any information yet. Gerber’s producer credits include Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental documentary The 11th Hour, The Dungeon Masters and the TV series Sex And The Austen Girl. Gerber also founded the Digital Hollywood series of conferences, the next of which is scheduled for October 15-18 at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey.