Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman has confirmed a body found in a wooded area north of Taylorsville is that of 77 year old Jerry Vinson Hayes. The sheriff said this morning that Hayes lived near where the body was found in a wooded area by a someone who knew the victim. Hayes was found shortly before noon Thursday at a location near Robinette Road which is in the Little River Community. Hayes had not been seen in a few days although no missing person’s report had been filed, Bowman said this morning. The Sheriff declined to speculate on the cause of death but did indicate an autopsy is being performed today.