At 4 a.m. on Aug. 23, 1987, a Union Pacific train on its way to Little Rock, Ark., ran over the bodies of 16-year-old Don Henry and 17-year-old Kevin Ives. Authorities were quickly notified and the case was ruled an accident. The official explanation was the pair had fallen asleep on the tracks after smoking marijuana and did not wake when the train approached, even though the engineer was blowing the train’s horn.
However, the boys’ parents did not accept this theory. They insisted on a second autopsy, which revealed Henry had been stabbed in the back and Ives’ head was crushed prior to being hit by the train. The second examination also refuted the idea the boys were so high they passed out.
A .22-caliber rifle and a flashlight were found next to the bodies. The gun belonged to Ives who told his family he was going hunting. A week before the boys died, a man in green fatigues had been seen near the train tracks where they died. An officer had tried to question him but the man opened fire and disappeared. A similar-looking man was seen in the same location on Aug. 23.