UPDATE: Circumstances of Bessemer City man’s death in Blowing Rock gaining clarity

UPDATE: Circumstances of Bessemer City man’s death in Blowing Rock gaining clarity
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By David Rogers. November 18, 2018. BLOWING ROCK, NC — While the investigation is still on-going, the circumstances surrounding the death of a Bessemer City man in Blowing Rock last week may be much clearer to Blowing Rock Police.

The body of Bessemer City resident Milton Hayes was found by an area resident early Friday evening, apparently the victim of a fall down the embankment from Green Hill Rd. near the intersection of Sourwood Lane, according to information obtained by Blowing Rock News from Blowing Rock Police Captain Aaron Miller. Earlier on Sunday, the maroon 2010 Chevy HHR vehicle was located  on what Miller reports is George Blagg Lane, a private gravel/dirt street that serves three houses south of Galax Lane. Miller said that the vehicle’s location was less than one-quarter mile from where Hayes’ body was found.

In a press release issued Sunday afternoon, Miller explained, “The maroon Chevy HHR owned by Milton Hayes was found by Blowing Rock Police Officers during the continued search on Sunday morning. The vehicle was located on a heavily wooded private drive off George Blagg Lane in Blowing Rock. The vehicle had run through a split rail fence and was stuck off the drive. The vehicle was approximately ¼ mile from where the Mr. Hayes was found on Friday evening.

“Though the investigation is continuing,” Miller continued, “it (is) believed at this time that Mr. Hayes, age 72, may have been disoriented and confused when he ran off the driveway and left the safety of his vehicle during an ice storm on Thursday night.”

Blowing Rock Police are working with the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause of Mr. Hayes’s death.

Editor’s Note: Google Maps identifies the private drive where the vehicle was found as “Penny Lane.”  Captain Miller told Blowing Rock News, “…but the sign says George Blagg Lane.”

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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