New details about the life of Ronald Poppo, the victim of Saturday's gruesome face-mauling attack, reveal an even sadder tale.
The New York Daily News tracked down Janice Poppo DiBello, now living in New Jersey, who had just learned the father who left her mother when she was just 2 is the same man making headlines as the victim of a cannibalistic attack.
Dibello told the News she hired a private investigator to track down her estranged father about 15 years ago to no avail.
According to reports by South Florida news outlets, Poppo had bounced around from New York to New Orleans to Miami, where he worked as a band roadie, but mostly lived on the streets. He cycled in and out of jail, outreach programs, and the hospital.
Most recently, Miami Police were called to rouse Poppo from sleeping on the top of the parking garage at Jungle Island.
A few days later, he was unlucky enough to be found sleeping by Rudy Eugene, who is thought to have been experiencing a drug-induced delirium when he gnawed off 80% of Poppo's face in a attack off the MacArthur Causeway.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: The Jackson Memorial Foundation has set up a fund to assist Ronald Poppo in his recovery, which experts in facial reconstruction have said will include lengthy treatment, staged reconstruction, and psychological care. Donations can be made by check or online at jmf.org.
A City of Miami police officer stands watch near the scene where a naked man, far right, was shot dead on the MacArthur Causeway ramp onto Northeast 13th Street in Miami on Saturday, May 26, 2012. A witness said the naked man continued to chew on the face of another naked man on a Miami highway ramp and growled when a police officer tried to stop him. The victim remained hospitalized Monday. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Marsha Halper) MAGS OUT
First responders treat Ronald Poppo after the attack.
Rudy Eugene, undated photo
Westbound traffic on the MacArthur Causeway, approaching the Northeast 13th Street ramp in Miami, is backed up Saturday May 26, 2012, after a police officer fatally shot a naked man on the ramp who was chewing on the face of another naked man. The victim remained hospitalized Monday. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Marsha Halper) MAGS OUT
Photos Released of Face-Chewing Victim in Miami
Doctors release photos of Ronald Poppo, the 65-year-old homeless man who was the victim of a gruesome face-eating attack in Miami.
Miami Homeless Discuss Face-Eating Attack
Homeless men who live near where one man allegedly ate the face of a homeless man react to the crime. (May 30)
Gloria Allred, Yovonka Bryant
Yovanka Bryant, right, and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, show a photo of Bryant and her boyfriend Rudy Eugene, during a news conference, Wednesday, June 6, 2012 in Miami. Bryant said she last heard from Eugene the day before he chewed off the face of a homeless man alongside a Miami highway. A police officer shot and killed Eugene. The homeless man remains hospitalized. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Gloria Allred, Yovonka Bryant
Yovanka Bryant,left, and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, discuss a recent attack on a homeless man by Brant's boyfriend Rudy Eugene, during a news conference, Wednesday, June 6, 2012 in Miami. Bryant said she last heard from Eugene, the day before he chewed off the face of a homeless man alongside a Miami highway. A police officer shot and killed Eugene. The homeless man remains hospitalized. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)