Man Found Dead In Blowing Rock (2018-11-20 16:03:58)

A man was found dead off the embankment of Greenhill Road in Blowing Rock last Friday.

The man was identified as 72-year-old Milton J. Hayes of Bessemer City.

According to the Blowing Rock Police Department, Hayes was reported missing to the Gaston County Police on Thursday.

Preliminary results from the medical examiner's office indicate Hayes may have died 10 to 12 hours before being discovered by a resident in the area.

Blowing Rock Police found Hayes’ maroon Chevy HHR on Sunday in a heavily wooded private drive off George Blagg Lane in Blowing Rock. The car had run through a split rail fence and was stuck.

Blowing Rock Police stated they believe that Hayes may have been disoriented and confused when he ran off the driveway and left his car during the ice storm on Thursday night.

The investigation is ongoing, and Blowing Rock Police are working with the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause of the death.