Shortly after midnight on August 23, 1987, teenagers Kevin Ives and Don Henry set out to go night hunting in the wooded area near Don’s home in Bryant, Arkansas. Four hours later, they were discovered spread out over the railroad tracks near their home with a green tarp covering them. The engineer that noticed them was unable to stop his train in time to prevent running over them; he later rationalized that due to the noise of his oncoming train, that the boys had to have been dead and positioned on the tracks.
The local police suspiciously rushed to a solution in the case; first, they claimed that the green tarp covering their bodies did not exist, then they judged (based on a largely discredited medical examiner’s report) that the boys had passed out on the tracks after smoking large quantities of marijuana. Their families are convinced that they were murdered and that there was a police cover-up, possibly of a CIA operation. They were positioned in ways that it was impossible for someone under the influence of marijuana to end on.
A few months after the deaths, the boys’ parents held a press conference, and the case was reopened. A grand jury over-ruled the ruling of accidental death and changed their deaths to probable homicide. A new medical examiner report said that they had only smoked a small amount of marijuana prior to their deaths, making it unlikely that drugs caused them to be unconscious on the tracks. Prosecutor Richard Garrett found that a similar case occurred in Hodgen, Oklahoma, in which two young men were found lying on railroad tracks and ran over in 1984, positioned almost identically to the boys. However, police have found no suspects in their deaths.