Wayne Hays

Hays 1980

Hays 1990

Hays 2015

Name: Wayne David Hays
Alias(es): Purple Hays
Status: Alive
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Residence(s): Fayetteville, Arkansas
Profession: Arkansas State Police (1968-1990)
Marital status: Widowed
Spouse(s): Amelia Reardon
Children: Henry Hays
Becca Hays
Played by: Mahershala Ali
Seasons: 3
First episode: "The Great War and Modern Memory"
Last episode: "Now Am Found"
Appears in: 1 season, 8 episodes

Wayne David Hays is a detective that works for the Arkansas State Police within the Major Crimes Division. In 1980, he begins investigating the disappearance of two children in rural Arkansas.


Prior to working for the Arkansas State Police, Wayne served in the United States Army Long-range reconnaissance patrol (LRRP) during the Vietnam War. Considered a promising special forces talent, he would perform solo reconnaissance deep within enemy territory for weeks at a time. As a result, Wayne became an expert tracker and hardened combat veteran.

The lead detective investigating the disappearance of two children in 1980’s Arkansas, Wayne Hays continues to pursue the case long after it’s considered closed by the state. Suffering memory loss as the years pass, he’s in a race against time to fit the pieces together.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Wayne Hays was portrayed by Mahershala Ali in Season 3 of True Detective.


Season 3
"The Great War and Modern Memory" "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" "The Big Never" "The Hour and the Day"
"If You Have Ghosts" "Hunters in the Dark" "The Final Country" "Now Am Found"
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