Toxicology Report Says Miami Face Eater Didn't Consume Bath Salts Before Attack

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    Ronald Poppo, Victim of the Rudy Eugene "Miami Face Eater", recovers slowly after attack.

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June 28, 2012 Updated Jun 28, 2012 at 6:51 AM EST

MIAMI, FL. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - According to the toxicology report no bath salts were found in 31-year-old Rudy Eugene's blood, something police previously suspected.

Instead it appears he had marijuana in his system.

Toxicology reports came back negative for other street drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs.

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In Florida, doctors have updated the public on the condition of the homeless man who had his face chewed off in a strange zombie-like attack.

Doctors at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital say Ronald Poppo is slowly healing but is alert and walking with some assistance.

Poppo is missing his nose and had his left eye removed after a May 26th attack by a naked man who was then shot and killed by police.

Poppo will need more surgeries and more time to heal before he can move on to facial reconstruction.

Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wrood Kassira says, “When Mr. Poppo arrived clearly he had suffered very devastating injuries to his face. You really couldn't make out his identity or what his facial features were before the trauma."

He is expected to remain hospitalized for several more weeks.

It's not clear what led Rudy Eugene to attack him. However, emergency callers reported seeing Eugene naked swinging from a light pole minutes before the attack.

Surveillance video from a nearby building shows Eugene stripping Poppo and beating him before appearing to lie on top of him.

A police officer shot and killed Eugene. Autopsy results are still pending.

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Big legal news is coming out of Miami regarding the “Face Eater” case but it doesn’t involve Rudy Eugene, but the Face Eater's girlfriend.

Bryant has enlisted the help of high-powered Los Angeles lawyer Gloria Allred.

Bryant reportedly talked with her boyfriend a day before he allegedly ran onto the Macarthur Causeway naked and attacked a homeless man.

The Memorial Day "zombie attack" has become one of south Florida’s most notorious crimes and has captured headlines all over the world.

Recently new surveillance video was released of what many calling one of Miami’s most gruesome crimes.

The video was taken from a security camera at the "Miami Herald."

Last week police arrived along a highway to find 31-year-old Rudy Eugene, naked and chewing on the face of Ronald Poppo, a 65-year-old homeless man.

Police told Eugene to stop, when he didn't the officers shot Eugene dead.

As of Thursday morning Poppo remains in critical condition.

Officials say 75-to-80 percent of his face is missing.

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One man is in critical condition and another man is dead, shot by a police officer, who came upon a bizarre scene on a Florida cause-way.

Police say they've never witnessed anything this extreme, although they've recently seen similar cases of people with no clothes on acting violently after taking a new potent form of LSD.

Armando Aguilar with the Fraternal Order of Police says, “Inside their body their organs are burning up alive, they've reached temperature where their actually burning up and it actually makes them take off their clothes."

In nearby emergency rooms, they've also seen an increase of people suffering from psychosis from a variety of drugs.

Emergency Room physician, Dr. Paul Adams says, “Cocaine and new LSDs they cause delirium which means you don't make sense when you take them and when you don't make sense and you don't control your emotions, you don't control your actions, you find yourself in circumstances you just don't want to be in."

Saturday afternoon, an officer was flagged down after reports of two men fighting on a downtown off-ramp.

When the officer arrived, witnesses say he found a naked man who was chewing another man's face.

The naked man was shot after he ignored police demands to back off. Witnesses say the man continued mauling the other man even after he was shot, and the officer shot him several more times.




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