The Trail Went Cold – Episode 213 – The Boys On The Track (Part 1)

August 23, 1987. Saline County Arkansas. 16-year old Don Henry and 17-year old Kevin Ives head into the woods to do some late-night hunting, but never return. Hours later, the two boys are seen lying on some railroad tracks before they are run over by a cargo train and the medical examiner concludes they had fallen asleep after smoking marijuana and their deaths were accidental. However, Don and Kevin’s families push for a new investigation, which uncovers evidence that they were violently attacked before their bodies were placed on the tracks. Throughout the years, a number of conspiracy theories would emerge to suggest the boys were murdered as part of a cover-up involving drug trafficking and that members of law enforcement were involved. To commemorate “The Trail Went Cold” reaching its five-year anniversary, we are finally covering the case known as the “Boys on the Track”, a story which is so convoluted that it is being released as a two-part episode. This week, Part 1 outlines the basic facts of the case and details how this whole saga gradually turned into a massive rabbit hole. Special thanks to listener Ryan Hanna for narrating the opening of this episode.

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This coming Saturday, February 20, “The Trail Went Cold” will be participating in a “Podcast-a-Thon” fundraiser for the Charley Project which will take place on GetVokl from 12:00 PM-midnight EST. All proceeds will be donated to a GoFundMe for the Charley Project. Our livestream show will be take place from 5:45-6:30 PM EST and the entire Podcast-a-Thon can be viewed here.

Additional Reading:

“The Boys on the Tracks” by Mara Leveritt

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“The Trail Went Cold” is going to be appearing on podcast row at  “Crimecon 2021: Austin” at the Fairmont Hotel in Austin, Texas on June  2-4, 2021, as well as “Crimecon UK” at the Leonardo Royal Hotel &  Spa in London on June 12-13, 2021. To get a 10 % discount on the  purchase of tickets to either event, please use our specialized promo  code, “COLD21”, by visiting or

“The Trail Went Cold” is now doing a weekly livestream show on  GetVokl every Thursday from 7:00-8:00 PM ET as part of their “True  Crime Thursday” line-up. For more information, please visit their website.

The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.