RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - We are learning new details surrounding the death of a Cheneyville man back on Labor Day. The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office told us James Roger Guinn was killed by severe trauma to the head after he was struck by someone or something.
We spoke to the mother of Roger Guinn who told us it has been a long three weeks.
"I wish everyone could've known him, because he was a great person," said Patricia Guinn.
Guinn’s son Roger was found in the middle of the road on Highway 181 near her home in Cheneyville on Labor Day.
"I was there, and I said ‘what is going on?’” said Guinn. “And they said ‘Roger has been hurt.’"
She couldn't believe it until she saw it for herself.
"I went to the hospital, I went in to his room, and there sat Roger,” said Guinn. “He was unconscious and of course he didn't know who I was. He didn't know anything."
According to RPSO, the cause of death was severe trauma to the head. After he was struck by someone or something. Detectives originally thought it was a hit-and-run, but after they discovered there were no other injuries they ruled it as a homicide.
However, they are not sure if the injury was caused by another person or a passing vehicle.
"It is possible that he could have been struck by a vehicle, or could have been struck by an object hanging off the side of a vehicle or out of the back of a vehicle," explained Detective Shannon Eddlemon.
They are asking if anyone knows about the case to reach out to them. Furthermore, they tell us that while the scene was being addressed a passing car almost hit Roger's body, but never stopped.
"It swerved into the other lane to keep from hitting our victim,” said Det. Eddlemon. “We would ask that whoever was driving that vehicle to contact us to see if they have any information that would help us with the case."
Meanwhile, Guinn has the same wish; only hers is a little different.
"I hope you catch whoever it is, but I don't want to know who they are,” said Guinn. “You can tell me you caught them, but I don't want to know who they are."
Until then, she spends her time missing her son.
"I just wish he could be here today," said Guinn.
Anyone having any information in the case are asked to contact the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-473-6700, the Criminal Investigations Division at 318-473-6727, or Crime Stoppers at 318-443-7867.