The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Joplin Metro

January 3, 2012

Body of missing Joplin man found

JOPLIN, Mo. — The body of a missing Joplin man was discovered this afternoon inside his home in the Royal Heights neighborhood of Joplin.

The family of 44-year-old Charles Hayes came upon his body in the basement of his home and reported the discovery to police at 12:28 p.m. Investigators arrived at the residence on Manitou Street minutes later and began efforts to determine the cause and manner of his death.

Cpl. Chuck Niess of the Joplin Police Department said preliminary indications were that Hayes may have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Search and rescue teams looked for Hayes in wooded areas along Turkey Creek on Monday due to family concerns about his well-being. Family members had reported Hayes missing Sunday night after coming across his keys, wallet, coat and cell phone inside his house but not finding him.

  

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