Natchitoches police investigators say they'll have to wait for the results of an autopsy to determine how a homicide victim died.
Initially, they said it appeared that Christopher Bynog, 29, was the victim of a shooting. However, they now say he suffered some sort of head wound, although they're not sure if it was the result of a gunshot.
Bynog was found around midnight Monday by Natchitoches Parish sheriff's deputies who were answering a medical call in the 500 block of Highway 504. Police say he was the passenger in a van being driven by Robert Lee McLanahan, 61, who was also injured. McLanahan also had a severe head injury as well as what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his neck. He was airlifted to LSU Hospital and is in serious condition.
Investigators believe McLanahan may have been headed for Bynog's home nearby when he became unable to continue driving. However, they believe the attack took place in another neighborhood.
About an hour prior to the discovery of the two men, Natchitoches police were called to investigate a report of shots fired near Hill St. and Posey St. They say a resident approached them at the scene saying he had noticed an older model van stuck in ditch and helped to push it out.
"A white male in it had been bleeding, that appeared to be injured in some way," said Lt. Brad Walker. "But he wouldn't let him offer any medical help or call an ambulance or anything. He just took off once they pushed him out of the ditch."
Police believe that van contained McLanahan and Bynog. However, they are not yet releasing any details regarding what may have led to the attack. Investigators say they are still following up on some leads about the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call Lt. Brad Walker at 318-357-3858 or Sgt. Julius Armstrong at 318-357-3810.
Story by Katrina Webber