Missing Gaston County man found dead off road in Blowing Rock, vehicle located

Missing Gaston County man found dead off road in Blowing Rock, officials looking for vehicle

BLOWING ROCK, NC (WBTV) - A man reported missing from Gaston County was found dead in Blowing Rock Friday, officials say.

According to the Blowing Rock Police Department, officers, along with fire, rescue and emergency officials, found an elderly white man dead off an embankment of Greenhill Road in Blowing Rock.

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

Hayes was reported missing to the Gaston County Police on Thursday at 9 a.m.

A preliminary investigation, by the Medial Examiner at the scene, indicates that Hayes may have died 10 to 12 hours before being discovered by a resident in the area.

Though the investigation is continuing, officers say it is believed that Hayes 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.

The Blowing Rock Police Department said they located his maroon 2010 Chevy HHR Sunday morning. The vehicle was about a quarter-mile from where the Hayes was found Friday.

Hayes was believed to be driving this vehicle at the time he was reported missing.

Any information may be reported to the Blowing Rock Police Department at 828-295-5210.

This is an ongoing investigation and no further information was released.

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