Man Found Shot Dead In Bed After Blind Wife Reports Him Missing

A man was found shot dead in his bed after his blind wife reported him missing and said she hadn’t heard from him in more than a day.

William Robert Lang J, 76, was found dead in his bed with multiple gunshot wounds by officers from the Natchitoches Township Sheriff’s Office.

His death was ruled a manslaughter, but police say no suspects have been arrested and the investigation is ongoing.

Officers were called to the Louisiana property at 6:00 p.m. on December 29 by Mr. Lang’s wife, who police say is visually impaired.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

She told police officers she had not heard from her husband since 3pm the next day, “which was unusual” when officers arrived at the home and noticed Mr Lang’s vehicles were still parked outside.

A statement from the sheriff’s office said: “The deputies arrived at the scene and spoke with the complainant – a visually impaired lady who reported that she had not heard from her husband since around 3 p.m. Tuesday, which was unusual.

“She identified her husband as William Robert ‘Bob’ Lang Jr., 76, of Natchitoches, La.

“MPs then began questioning the complainant about a criminal complaint and found that all of Mr Lang’s vehicles were parked at the residence.

“The responding MP noticed a broken window glass in the flat and asked permission to enter the house to look for Mr Lang.”

Once inside, they walked to the area where they saw the broken glass and found Mr. Lang dead, having sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

The statement continued: “Lang was pronounced dead at the scene of Natchitoches Parish Asst. Coroner Steven Clanton.

“The body was transported for an autopsy.

“The cause of death was ruled homicide.”

As of Friday December 31, police had made no arrests and were interviewing friends and family of the deceased and searching the area for CCTV footage of homes and local businesses.

The police statement added: “Our investigators are working tirelessly to arrest the person(s) involved in Mr Lang’s murder. We extend our condolences to the Lang family.”

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