Police: Man Killed His Own Son During Custody Battle

13-year-old Dylan Redwine went missing in 2012
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2017 10:13 AM CDT
Father Charged in 2012 Murder of 13-Year-Old Dylan Redwine
A "missing" poster for Dylan Redwine hangs on a trail head sign in Vallecito, Colo.   (Shaun Stanley/The Durango Herald via AP, File)

Nearly five years after the disappearance of 13-year-old Dylan Redwine in Colorado stirred national concern, the police have arrested his father for his murder. Mark Redwine was charged on Saturday with second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death, CBS News reports. Dylan disappeared in 2012 while visiting his father in Vallecito, Colorado, for Thanksgiving, a trip that followed a contentious divorce between Mark Redwine and Dylan's mother, Elaine Hall. Authorities say Hall reported her son missing the day after his arrival. Some of the boy's remains were discovered 10 miles away from Redwine's home in 2013 and his skull was found by hikers two years later. The skull showed injuries consistent with blunt force trauma.

During the course of the nearly five-year, multi-agency investigation, officials found Dylan's blood in his father's living room, and cadaver dogs were able to determine that a dead body had been in the older man's home and the bed of his truck, CNN reports. According to the indictment, Redwine and Hall were in the midst of a bitter custody battle at the time of Dylan's disappearance and the boy was not happy about visiting his father. Redwine is currently being held by police in Bellingham, Washington, on a cash-only $1 million bond. His prosecution will begin once he is extradited back to Colorado. (More cold cases stories.)

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