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Body found positively identified as missing Tazewell man, David Allen Hayes

Authorities have confirmed that a body found in the Grapefield area of Bland County has been positively identified as Tazewell resident, David Allen Hayes.

According to Tazewell County Sheriff, Brian Hieatt the Roanoke medical examiner performed the autopsy. They then positively identified the body as the 45-year-old Hayes.

The medical examiner was also able to conclude that Hayes was in fact murdered. A joint press conference was held Tuesday between the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office and the Bland County Sheriff's Office.

They confirmed that two brothers have been arrested in connection to Hayes' disappearance.

Justin Michael Hackler, 25 of Bland County and Joshua Mitchell Hackler, 21 of Tazewell County. Both have been charged with second degree murder and are currently being held at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail.

Their mother, Leslie Raquel Burner Hackler, who is still at large, is facing conspiracy to commit second degree murder. She had been dating Hayes. Hayes went missing on the night of June 29th.

If you have any information on Leslie Raquel Hayes' wherabouts, you're urged to call the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office: 276-988-5970 or at 276-385-1720 and ask for Detective Travis Hayton or call 911.

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