The deaths of two teenage boys in 1987 may have ties to drug smuggling organized in Mena, according to a recent video confession and interviews.
Over 30 years ago, a Union Pacific train ran over the bodies of two Saline County teenagers, Kevin Ives and Don Henry.
Questions regarding the case have remained over the past 30 years, but a new witness professes to have additional information.
A 21-minute long video confession by Billy Jack Haynes names people he claims were involved in the incident.
Little Rock news station KATV was reportedly shown the video.
"Now August 23rd, 1987, thirty years ago, I was on the railroad tracks in Alexander, Arkansas, and witnessed everything that happened to two young boys on the tracks," Haynes, said in the recording.
According to KATV’s report, “In 1987, Haynes was a successful professional wrestler. And although he says he wasn't taking drugs in 1987, he admits to transporting cocaine from Arkansas to his home state of Oregon.
According to a DailyMail report, Haynes bought his supply from Barry Seal, a Louisiana smuggler for the Medellin Cartel who operated out of Mena Airport.
“Barry Seal later introduced me to a politician drug dealer from Arkansas,” the DailyMail reports Haynes said. Seal was assassinated in 1986 after turning DEA informant.
On August 21, two days before the deaths of Ives and Henry, Haynes reportedly received a telephone call to come to Arkansas and “help take care of a problem.”
Although Haynes admits playing a role in the incident, he maintains he did not end either of the boy’s lives, which were ruled as accidental death at the start of the investigation.
A tip line for anyone who has information about this case has been established, 501-223-3969.