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Dad Charged With Teen Son's 2012 Murder After Disturbing Comments To Ex-Wife Revealed

"I was married to Mark for a lot of years, and I know the way he reacts to things."

Almost five years after a boy vanished while on a court-ordered visit with his dad in Colorado, the father has been charged with murder. Mark Redwine was arrested Saturday in Bellingham, Washington. He has already been indicted in Colorado for second-degree murder and child abuse in the death of his 13-year-old son, Dylan, according to ABC News. In the past, he has denied involvement in the death.

Dylan visited his father for Thanksgiving in 2012. He texted his mom when he arrived at Redwine’s home, and that was the last anyone ever heard from him, a sheriff press release stated.

Redwine told police he ran some errands the next morning at 7:30 a.m. and when he returned four hours later, his son was missing.

Mark Redwine's ex-wife Betsy Horvath told police shortly after Dylan's disappearance that she thought Redwine might have hurt the boy. She is not Dylan’s mother, but she shared other children with Redwine. During their divorce and custody battle, she claims Redwine told her he would "kill the kids before he let her have them” according to ABC. Elaine Redwine, Dylan’s mother, told ABC News in November 2012 that she suspected her ex-husband was involved.

"I was married to Mark for a lot of years, and I know the way he reacts to things," Elaine Redwine said. "If Dylan maybe did or said something that wasn't what Mark wanted to hear, I'm just afraid of how Mark would have reacted."

In June 2013, search parties found some of Dylan’s human remains. In 2015, hikers found the boy’s skull, the same year that Redwine was named a person of interest.

Dylan’s blood was on his father’s couch, living room floor, the corner of a coffee table and on a love seat, and on other locations, according to an indictment.

Redwine will soon face a judge in Colorado.

[Photo: La Plata County Sheriff’s Office]

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