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Body found at Petaluma recycling center ID'd as homeless man

A body found at a Petaluma recycling center has been identified as that of a 30-year-old homeless man.

The remains of Luis Gomez-Diaz were discovered by Novato Disposal employees Friday afternoon.

Authorities believe he might have climbed into a commercial recycling bin, possibly in Petaluma, and was transported by a refuse truck to the center on Petaluma Boulevard South.

His cause of death was not yet known. It's possible that he died of hypothermia in freezing overnight weather or was crushed by disposal equipment, Lt. Tim Duke said Saturday.

Duke said he may have crawled into the bin to get warm.


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