Just a few days before Versie Dunn, 92, was found unresponsive in his Port Barrow driveway, he had worked a full day as a scrap metal dealer, one of his six daughters said.
Dunn was taken to a hospital on April 22, Good Friday, with injuries to the left side of his head, shoulder and hip, according to a news release from the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Dunn died on May 5 after developing additional complications caused from the initial fall, the release said.
Clarenza Jackson, one of Dunn’s daughters who discussed the case, said she believes “someone did something to him … and someone knows something about what happened” to her father.
Jackson said she is pleased that the Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into her father’s death.
Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said his agency is offering a $1,000 reward to “anyone who can provide information that leads to a conclusive determination regarding the cause and circumstances of Dunn’s death.”
A preliminary investigation suggested that Dunn’s injuries were from a fall, Bacala said.
The Dunn family told investigators that Dunn usually carried a wallet and cash, but when Dunn was found, he had neither, Bacala said.
“This is a small community and everyone knew his work habits and that when he worked, he kept a pocketful of money,” said Dunn’s stepson, A.J. Gomez.
Port Barrow is near Donaldsonville in Ascension Parish.
Gomez said his father, who died just two weeks shy of his 93rd birthday, “was free with his money” despite family members’ warnings.
Jackson said her father “loved to work” despite the physicals demands of his scrap metal business.
Gomez described his stepfather, who liked to sit on his front porch, as a strong man in good physical shape. He agrees with Jackson that there must have been foul play in connection with their father’s injuries.
“Even though Dunn’s medical records reflect that his injuries are consistent with a fall,” Bacala said, “it is still undetermined if Dunn fell accidentally or someone pushed him to the ground.”
Anyone with information about the case asked to call the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office at (225) 621-4636 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.