Firefighting

Missing California Firefighter had Ecstasy and Alcohol in his System

The Southern California firefighter who went missing during a mountain camping trip and was later found dead had Ecstasy and alcohol in his system when he died, according to a toxicology report obtained by NBC Los Angeles.

Arcadia firefighter Mike Herdman, 36, disappeared June 13 in the Los Padres National Forest near Fillmore with a friend and fellow firefighter. His body was found June 27 on a cliff above the Sespe River in rugged terrain less than a mile from where he was last seen.

Herdman’s blood tested positive for amphetamine, ethanol (drinking alcohol), caffeine, MDA and MDMA (Ecstasy), the report stated.

Herdman’s death was ruled accidental and caused by “blunt force injuries,” the Ventura County medical examiner said last month.

Officials found evidence at the campsite that alcohol and ADHD pharmaceutical drug Adderall were consumed, Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Buschow said.

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