What happened to James Guinn?

ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana (KALB) – The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office and Central Louisiana Crime Stoppers need your help in resolving a 2016 case.

According to the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, on September 5, 2016, Louisiana State Police responded to a report of a man dead on the Highway 181 road at around 10 p.m. The location was right next to the Cheneyville exit on I-49 South. It was James Guinn, 49.

“First of all, they thought the victim had been run over,” said Major Mark Baden of the sheriff’s office, who is now trying to resolve the case. “But, since then, some reports have revealed that he may have been beaten and that he was the victim of a homicide.”

Major Baden said the place was not a place where you would see people walking. It was also not far from where Guinn was living at the time.

“It was a stretch of rural road,” he said. “Very dark around 10:00 pm when this happened. Not a place where you would see people walking.

The case touches close to home for the sheriff’s office, since Guinn has already worked for them.

“He was a very good assistant from what I found out from talking to his counterparts,” said Major Baden.

Major Baden said he was trying to close the case so the family can find closure… or justice.

“Someone had provided information that maybe he had been hit and it could have been a homicide. At first it looked like a fatality on the pavement,” he said.

Major Baden said Guinn’s death is always something he wants to be certain of.

“It’s our job as cold case detectives to try and put this thing to bed and find out if in fact it was hit by a vehicle or if someone maybe killed it,” did he declare.

If you have any information that might help the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office resolve the matter, you can contact them at 318-473-6700 or Central Louisiana Crime Stoppers at 443-STOP. You can remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers, and your disclosure that leads to an arrest or arraignment could lead to a reward of up to $ 2,500.

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Mark M. Gagnon