Dead Haynesville man's family doesn't believe heat caused death

By Tracy Clemons

HAYNESVILLE, LA (KSLA)- Haynesville police are sticking by the preliminary investigation that suggests heat caused the death of Bobby Thomas, the elderly man found dead in his home Tuesday.

"I don't buy that. I just don't buy it. Somebody has got to tell me something different," says Thomas' brother Willie Thomas.

His sister, Mary Alice Thomas says she saw Bobby before police removed his body. She found blood on the floor of his house. There was also blood on a toolbox that was laying near the couch where he was found, and at the front door.

"With that much blood that done ran from the couch and on the floor, I know it won't no heat related. Somebody killed him," she says.

Haynesville chief Anthony Smith explained the blood came from Bobby Thomas as his body decomposed-"A lot of fluids are not clear. It's more red and blood, and the tissue is just breaking down."

Chief Smith says investigators examined the Thomas to determine if he might have been the victim of a violent crime.

"We have not found anything external that would give us the indication that any trauma had taken place."

Still, they're taking no chances. The remains of Bobby Thomas are in Little Rock for autopsy.

"I'm hoping it isn't no foul play in it," Willie Thomas says.

"It was sad the way he left, but I know he gone to a better place," adds his cousin Cortez Brown.

Chief Smith tells us he suspects Thomas died from heat stroke. The autopsy results are expected back some time this evening.

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