SAN DIEGO–Convicted fugitive child molester Joseph Vincent McCarron, 58, who failed to appear for his sentencing hearing, was found dead on November 30. The discovery ended a potential threat to public safety during a more than two-week manhunt by law enforcement.
McCarron had been convicted of sexually abusing the daughters of a woman he dated during a jury trial of 11 counts of child molestation on November 14. The jury also convicted the defendant of multiple-victim special allegations on each count, making the mandatory punishment for each count 15 years-to-life. The maximum punishment the defendant could have received was 165 years-to-life.
McCarron had been released after posting $500,000 cash bail soon after his case was issued and remained free on bail as he awaited sentencing. He willfully failed to appear for the reading of the verdicts in his case on November 14, and the Fugitive Task Force of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department began searching for him.
The man’s body was found in the wooded area behind a park in Carlsbad and was recovered by the Carlsbad police. The San Diego county Medical Examiner positively identified the body as that of McCarron in a written confirmation provided to the District Attorney’s Office.
The Medical Examiner has not released the official cause of death.