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Authorities believe Haynes was murdered by three men on the night of his disappearance; they think he was intentionally struck by a vehicle in Raleigh County, West Virginia and his body buried on Bolt Mountain in Wyoming County. In 1971 a suspect, William Lundy Trump, was arrested and charged with Haynes's murder. He was later released for lack of evidence. There are two other suspects, James Paul Cozort and James Floyd Cox. According to police's theory of the crime, the three suspects got into a barroom brawl with Haynes, followed him in their car after he left, and ran him over on Bolt Mountain Road. The three men allegedly bragged about the crime to others. They said they initially weren't sure whether they'd killed Haynes, so they backed over the body until they were sure he was dead. They put his body in the trunk of their car and buried it on Bolt Mountain. Cozort was questioned about Haynes's disappearance in 1971, but never charged. He had by then moved to Oregon. Authorities attempted to find Cox after Trump's 1971 arrest but never were able to locate him.
Raleigh County Sheriff's Department