Then Rama saw Maricha in his demon form arise out of the golden deer and collapse on the ground in a pool of blood. Recognizing Maricha, the son of Thataka whom he had fought in the forest years ago, Rama realized they were in terrible danger. He raced back to the hut, as did Lakshmana, but Sita was gone.
They found the wounded Jatayu who, with his last breath, gasped "Ravana took her." Jatayu died, and Rama conducted his funeral, weeping bitterly.