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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. 

The 44-year-old Gonzales man who was found battered Friday outside his home in the Pelican Point neighborhood died of blunt force trauma and a brain injury, said Allison Hudson, spokeswoman for the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.

The autopsy showed that in addition to the localized brain damage, Brian Tumas had significant injuries throughout his body, from his lower legs up, Hudson said. 

"Our department will continue to investigate the death of Tumas, and nothing is ruled out as it relates to foul play," Sheriff Jeff Wiley said.

Tumas was found on Courtyard Drive before 5 a.m. Friday and died later that day at the hospital, authorities said. 

Lt. Col. Ward Webb, chief of operations at the Sheriff's Office, said they have not narrowed down the cause of Tumas' injuries. 

"We're looking at all options … turning over every leaf," Webb said Tuesday. Though the autopsy gave them some more insight, he said, they are considering the possibility of a hit-and-run or a beating as the cause. 

His family said his injuries — purple eyes, teeth all missing, lips cut, head extremely swollen — looked like he was beaten with purpose. 

His family thought Tumas had been heading into work early Friday to a job at the state Department of Transportation and Development, when something happened before he even reached his car in the driveway. However, on Monday, a DOTD spokesman said Tumas had not been working for the agency since August. 

Webb asked for the public's assistance to find information in the case, something that has thus far been a challenge. 

"We're looking for anybody that knows anything about Mr. Tumas," Webb said. "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."

Hudson asked anyone with information regarding the death to 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 (235) 344-7868. 

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