New information regarding Ascension Parish death investigation

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - Update 11/9/2017: Ascension Parish Sheriff's detectives have determined the cause of death of a Gonzales man whose body was found not far from his home. 

According to authorities, detectives believe 44-year-old Brian Tumas was a victim of a hit and run. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

Update: Autopsy results have been released for a Gonzales man whose body was found Friday morning. 

According to Sheriff Jeff Wiley, 44-year-old Brian Tumas dies from blunt trauma and a brain injury. Results from an autopsy conducted Monday revealed there was significant injuries from the victim's lower legs and up through his entire body. 

Foul play is not ruled out at this time. 

Anyone with information regarding Tumas' death is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at 225-621-4636 or the Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers at 235-344-STOP (7868).

Previous Story: Authorities in Ascension are asking for the public's help with information on a death investigation where a man's body was found not far from his home.

According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, on Friday, Nov. 3 at 4:45 a.m., deputies responded to Courtyard Drive in Gonzales in reference to a man lying in the street. 

Officers encountered 44-year-old Brian Tumas in the street with apparent signs of trauma to the body.

Tumas was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died from his injuries.

As the investigation continued, deputies learned Tumas was found not far from his residence on Courtyard Dr.

According to deputies, he was last seen on Thursday night around 8 p.m. by a family member at his residence in Pelican Point.

Investigators are seeking information on anyone Tumas may have been with and his activities and or/location prior to being found on Courtyard Dr. in Gonzales.

Anyone who may have been friends or acquaintances with Tumas or any additional information regarding his death is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at 225-621-4636 or by texting 847411 to our anonymous tip line from any cellular device or Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers at 235-344-STOP (7868).

To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers immediately.


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