Cops find man, 76, reported missing by his blind wife shot dead in his bed 1

Cops find man, 76, reported missing by his blind wife shot dead in his bed

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Blind woman, 70, calls cops to say she hasn’t heard from her husband, 76, in more than a day – only for deputies to find missing man SHOT DEAD in his bed amid signs of possible break-in

  • William Robert ‘Bob’ Lang Jr, 76, was found shot dead in his bed in Natchitoches, Louisiana, on Wednesday next to a broken window 
  • Lang’s wife reported him missing to the sheriff’s office, telling deputies she had not heard from him in 27 hours 
  • Lang’s cause of death has been ruled a homicide but no suspects have been arrested  


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Authorities in Louisiana say a 76-year-old man was found shot dead in his bed this week after his blind wife reported him missing, saying she had not heard from him in more than a day. 

According to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, the death of 76-year-old William Robert ‘Bob’ Lang Jr, 76, has been ruled a homicide, but no suspects have been arrested as of Friday.

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At around 6pm on Wednesday, deputies arrived at the Lang couple’s home in the 100 block of Levee Road in response to a missing person report. 

William Robert 'Bob' Lang Jr, 76, was found shot dead in his bed at his home in Natchitoches, Louisiana, after his deaf wife reported him missing on Wednesday

William Robert ‘Bob’ Lang Jr, 76, was found shot dead in his bed at his home in Natchitoches, Louisiana, after his deaf wife reported him missing on Wednesday 

Lang’s wife, who was described as visually impaired, told deputies that she had not heard from her husband since 3pm on Tuesday, ‘which was unusual,’ according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.  

Deputies then began to interview the wife and noticed that all of Lang’s vehicles were parked on the property. 

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‘The responding deputy observed a broken window glass on the residence and requested permission to enter the home to look for Mr. Lang,’ according to the sheriff’s office. 

The officers entered the residence and while walking in the area where there was broken glass they discovered Lang suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Officials have not explained why the wife did not hear the gunshots or the sound of breaking glass, or how she failed to find her husband’s body in his bed for 27 hours.  

Following an autopsy, Lang’s cause of death has been ruled a homicide.

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In 2010, Lang made an unsuccessful run for the US Senate

In 2010, Lang made an unsuccessful run for the US Senate 

On Thursday, detectives spent the day interviewing family and friends and looking for surveillance video in the area. 

‘Our investigators are working tirelessly in an effort to arrest the individual or individuals involved in the murder of Mr. Lang,’ the sheriff’s office stated. ‘We extend our sympathy to the Lang family.’

Social media posts suggest that in 2010, Lang, made an unsuccessful run for the US Senate, running as a conservative.   

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