Scot Breithaupt, BMX pioneer, found dead in California

Published Jul. 6, 2015 2:26 p.m. ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) Police say a body found in a tent in a vacant lot in the California desert city of Indio has been identified as Scot Alexander Breithaupt, a pioneer in the sport of bicycle motocross known as BMX.

Sgt. Dan Marshall said someone called police Saturday to report the body near a shopping center.

He says officers found an adult male who had been dead for an unknown time. Investigators say there were no obvious signs of foul play.

A cause of death had not been determined.

Marshall said Monday that the body was identified as Breithaupt, who was 57 and lived nearby. Marshall confirmed Breithaupt's affiliation with the sport he helped popularize in the 1970s.

Jamie Bestwick, X Games BMX gold medalist, said on Twitter that Breithaupt was one of the all-time greats.