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.”