Travis Peterson, Missing Music Video Director, Found Dead

Travis Peterson
Megan Alderson

Travis Peterson

He had worked with Ariel Pink, Vivian Girls, Nite Jewel, Glass Candy and others.

Los Angeles area music video director Travis Peterson, 40, was found dead in a parked car on Friday, after going missing in late December. Police are saying there are no signs of foul play and his death is being investigated as a possible suicide, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

Peterson was noted for directing videos for some of L.A.'s favorite indie rock bands, such as Ariel Pink, Vivian Girls, Nite Jewel, Glass Candy and others. 

His wife, Emilie Halpern, is an accomplished visual and conceptual artist. They have a 4-year-old son together. 

Peterson was found in a parking garage in La Cañada Flintridge north of Los Angeles on Friday night. He was believed to have died earlier that day, the Los Angeles Times reports, in part because his car radio was still on when he was discovered. Peterson's whereabouts since he was reported missing on Dec. 30 are still unknown. 

He was last seen at a 76 gas station in La Cañada Flintridge on Dec. 29, leading friends and law enforcement to search the northward Angeles National Forest. 

"This is a devastating loss and we are heartbroken. Sending love to you all," Halpern wrote in an Instagram post on Saturday, announcing Peterson had been found and thanking his friends for helping locate him. 

Peterson previously played music himself in the bands Moog, Pong and Cherubino, the LA Weekly reports. 



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