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Charles Hutchinson Hayes


Posted By: Pat Coyle (email)
Date: 10/24/2015 at 18:33:05

Red Oak Express, November 3, 1949

Charles Hayes Said Suicide

Funeral services for Charles Hutchinson Hayes, 25, will be held here Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2p.m. in the Perryman chapel. Press reports reveal he was found dead in his Buffalo, N. Y. room.

The death was listed as suicide from a gunshot wound. The former Red Oaker was on his first special assignment for the FBI.

According to the accounts in the daily papers, Charles had two weeks ago completed his training as an FBI agent and then was given training with an experienced agent. Tuesday was his first day “on his own as an FBI agent,” reported Harry G. Maynor, agent-in-charge at Buffalo.

Maynor said Hayes had failed to make a routine check with his office so Maynor and other agents went to the fourth floor of the Buffalo Athletic club, where Mr. Hayes had been staying.

A pass key was used to enter the locked room and Agent Maynor reported the body of the young agent was sprawled on the bed, with a .38 caliber revolver in his right hand. Death was caused by a shot through the right temple.

The agent-in-charge at Buffalo said the medical examiner termed the death suicide. Maynor said Hayes had seemed in good health and spirits.

Rev. Philip Van Luven will officiate at the funeral rites. Music will be by Miss Mabelle Reimers at the organ. Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery. Other arrangements are not yet completed.

The son of Charles H. and Claire Hayes, he was born in Red Oak Sept. 2, 1924. He attended the Red Oak schools and lettered as a Tiger athlete, graduating in 1942. He then attended junior college here and Drake university.

In Des Moines he was a night clerk with the FBI office there and later was transferred to the Omaha FBI office as a clerk and graduated from Creighton university in June of this year. In July he began a 12-week course as a special FBI agent. In Washington D. C. Upon the completion of his training he was sent two weeks ago to Buffalo for his initial assignment.

Both of his parents preceded him in death. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Katherine Wehrle, Tifflin, Iowa; and Mrs. Josephine Sinn, Clarinda


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