EAU CLAIRE Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The victim in a homicide investigation as well as a suspect in the case are identified by the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office. The victim is 46-year-old Eddie Banks, who died of an apparent gunshot wound and was found dead in a ditch on Mallard Road north of Foster Thursday morning.

The sheriff’s office named 36-year-old Philip Novak as a suspect in the case. Novak is believed to have left the area, with the latest information suggesting that he may be in northern Wisconsin or the upper peninsula of Michigan.

Anyone with information is asked to call the non-emergency number for the sheriff’s office. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Eau Claire County Crime Stoppers.