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.

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