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Fleece Cap Given to Homeless Man Used To Identify His Skeletal Remains Found Near Stinson Beach

The Marin County coroner had little to work with when a male's skeletal remains were found in early May near Stinson Beach.

The body was in an advanced state of decomposition when found at 11:30 a.m. on May 4 in an open space on the east side of Highway 1, north of Stinson, and unidentifiable by visual means or fingerprint analysis, according to the Marin County Sheriff's Office, which worked the case with the National Parks Service.

No one on lists of missing persons matched the decedent, so investigators tried tracking leads from recovered clothing items, authorities said.

Ultimately, it was a fleece cap sold by a Berkeley company and recovered from the scene that led to the identification of the body as Raymond Caravacci, 77, a homeless man from the Stinson Beach area, the coroner's office reported.  

The hat was traced to the Berkeley business where an employee, who lives in the Stinson Beach area, reported having given the cap to a known local homeless person about a year ago, officials said.

Further investigation using located dental records confirmed the recipient of this hat and the deceased man was, indeed, Caravacci.

Caravacci had a long history of known homelessness and mental health conditions, and was never reported missing to law enforcement agencies, officials said.

The coroner's division does not suspect foul play at this time, and a cause of death is pending a final forensic anthropological study of the skeletal remains, officials said.
Dorie McKay June 09, 2014 at 03:16 PM
This is by far, one of the saddest stories I've read here on 'the patch.' No one cared about him, he died alone, he was left to decompose and no one was there for him. He needed help, care, and love. . whether he had mental health problems or not is irrelevant. He left this world old, alone, cold, and probably hungry. Apathy to humanity is sheer evil. We need to lend a helping hand to others like this.. we are all Gods' children. We need to help the homeless and the hungry. Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett, who helped produce the new movie, "Son of God" have been doing this work in L.A., and fed many homeless, let them clean up and take showers, then showed them the movie with a full belly and clean body. Every person has a story, this man had a life, he has a story. But the sadder thing, is that no one could ID him til his humble cap was found, that someone had given him, and his dental records. Have we forgotten the power of love? Of giving back? Of random acts of kindness towards a complete stranger? Have we as a rich nation forgotten our own? Why are we such an ageist affluent country who turns away from the downtrodden, the hungry, the homeless ones? Is it because we are 'offended' by them? is it because we don't care? Is it because we think they brought it all on themselves? Who was this man? What was his own legacy his story? He came into the world for a reason. WHY did he end up like this?? SOMEONE in the media NEEDS to investigate his life. If they know who he is now, he doesn't deserve to go to a Paupers grave and be forgotten forever.

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