Missing person’s body found in Blowing Rock; cause and circumstances under investigation

Missing person’s body found in Blowing Rock; cause and circumstances under investigation
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By David Rogers. November 17, 2018. BLOWING ROCK, NC — The body of a Bessemer City man was found yesterday in Blowing Rock, down an embankment along Green Hill Rd.

While Milton J. Hayes was reported missing to Gaston County Police on at 9:00 am on Thursday (November 15th), Blowing Rock Police and Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue responded to a report of a fall down an embankment off of Green Hill Rd. at 5:16 pm on Friday, near the intersection of Sourwood Lane.

Milton Hayes was believed to be driving a maroon 2010 Chevy HHR similar to this one when he was reported missing on Thursday. The vehicle has not yet been found and the Blowing Rock Police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding it.

The circumstances of Hayes’ death is still under investigation. In a telephone interview with a representative of Blowing Rock Police on Saturday evening, Blowing Rock News learned that the man “…went out for grits in Bessemer City on Thursday morning, and somehow ended up dead in Blowing Rock.”

A press release from Captain Aaron Miller of Blowing Rock Police reports that the preliminary investigation, including by a Medical Examiner at the scene, estimated that Hayes was deceased approximately 10-12 hours before he was discovered below Green Hill Rd. by an area resident.

Blowing Rock Police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding a maroon 2010 Chevy HHR bearing a license plate of YNV 4602. It is the vehicle Hayes was believed to have been driving when he was reported missing in Bessemer City. Any information can be forwarded to Blowing Rock Police at 828-295-5210.  The cause and circumstances of Hayes’ death continues under investigation.

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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