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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Missing man's body found

  • The body of a borough man was pulled from the Lackawaxen River and the cause of his death was drowning, Wayne County Coroner Edward R. Howell reported Monday.
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    The body of a borough man was pulled from the Lackawaxen River and the cause of his death was drowning, Wayne County Coroner Edward R. Howell reported Monday.
    The death of Richard Anthony Calvitti, 68, of the Baker Street apartments, was determined to be suicide, according to the coroner's office.
    An autopsy was conducted Monday and hypothermia was a contributing factor in the death.
    Calvitti was found on the shoreline of the river at 8:20 a.m. Saturday, reportedly by trout fisherman.
    Calvitti was reported missing in late February. A family member, unable to reach him by phone, started looking and found his car by the Hawley Senior Center and called police.
    Police had said blood was found in Calvitti's car, in the back seat. His wallet and keys were in the car. No footprints were seen in the snow.
    Calvitti, a lifelong bachelor, lived alone.
    A family member had said Calvitti had usually lived with other family members, but it was thought he'd be fine on his own, according to the News Eagle.
    While not diagnosed with any mental or physical issues, the family member said Calvitti would get depressed and lonely, The News Eagle has reported.
    Calvitti liked to compose poems and write in general, and not leaving behind a note would also seem out of character.
    A family member had described her brother, a retired postal worker, as very helpful and kind, although he didn't realize how much impact he had on others, the News Eagle previously reported.
    "With what little money he had, he would give it to others in need. He liked to play the lottery, he said, so he could give the winnings to his family. He touched a lot of people's hearts. He felt he didn't," a News Eagle report states.
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