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Brian Tumas (left) who was found battered outside his home in Gonzales and later died, with his two older siblings, Michelle and Duane in a family photo. 

Contributed photo from the Tumas family.

GONZALES — A Gonzales-area man who was found fatally injured outside his home Friday is now believed to be the victim of a hit-and-run, though Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies don't know yet if the collision was intentional.

Brian Tumas, 44, was found on Courtyard Drive yards from his home in the Pelican Point subdivision south of Gonzales shortly before 5 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3, and taken to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries, Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies said in a statement Thursday.

An autopsy completed on Monday revealed Tumas had injuries to his head, torso and legs, typically indicative of being hit by a vehicle. An accident reconstruction specialist from the Baton Rouge Police Department agreed with that assessment, deputies said. 

When asked Thursday if deputies believed Tumas had been intentionally hit, Lt. Col. Ward Webb couldn't provide a direct answer but said that investigators were keeping all options open.

After his disappearance Nov. 3, Tumas' family thought he had been heading into work to a job at the state Department of Transportation and Development, when something happened before he even reached his car in the driveway. A DOTD spokesman on Monday said Tumas had not worked for the agency since August. 

The family also said after seeing Tumas' injuries, it looked like he had been beaten with a purpose.

The Sheriff's Office said it is now focusing on anyone who lives, works or travels through Pelican Point's The Greens community where Tumas lived, Webb said. 

"We're looking for anybody that knows anything about Mr. Tumas," Lt. Col. Ward Webb said Tuesday. "We don't know many people that are acquainted with him. … What kind of lifestyle he lived, what he did when he was living? It's kind of strange that we don't know a lot about him."

Ascension Sheriff: Clues still elusive in death of Gonzales man found battered outside his home

Anyone with information regarding the death may contact the Sheriff's Office at (225) 621-4636 or by texting 847411 to the anonymous tip line from any cellular device or Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7868.