Dylan Nicholas Redwine went missing more than 4½ years ago during a Thanksgiving visit to his father’s home in Vallecito, a lakeside town 8,000 feet above sea level in the southwest corner of Colorado.
His father, Mark Allen Redwine, a long-haul trucker, made his first court appearance Monday on a telephonic video screen in a Bellingham courtroom – he was arrested Friday night in Bellingham on charges that he killed his son.
Superior Court Commissioner Alfred Heydrich began by asking Redwine if he understood why he had been detained in Whatcom County.
“Well,” began Redwine, 55, before a public defender cut him off, hit a mute button on the video phone, and spoke with him for a moment. Redwine had no questions once the attorney unmuted the video.
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Heydrich set bail at $1 million. Redwine has not waived an extradition hearing, but he can do so anytime before Aug. 17, his next court date. In the meantime, Whatcom officials await a governor’s warrant to send him back to Colorado.
The story of Dylan’s disappearance – he was 13-years-old when he disappeared – gained national attention when the search for the missing boy wore on for months. Redwine and Dylan’s mother, Elaine Hall, had been going through a heated divorce and child custody battle, and they lashed out at each other on a two-part episode of the “Dr. Phil” TV show in 2013.
Some of Dylan’s remains were found that summer off a twisting mountain road about 8 miles from Redwine’s home. Hikers in rough terrain found the boy’s skull about 1 ½ miles from the first site in 2015. The skull had “two small markings consistent with tool marks from a knife, not caused by animal or natural cause,” according to a grand jury indictment in La Plata County, Colo., where Redwine is charged with second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in a death.
Bellingham police pulled over Redwine’s truck around 10:40 p.m. Friday on Orchard Drive, where he was making a delivery. He was booked into Whatcom County Jail without incident.
On Monday Whatcom County prosecutor Dave McEachran summarized a probable cause statement in front of Heydrich and seven news camera crews. Redwine showed little reaction.
The indictment revealed new evidence in the case against Redwine:
▪ Blood was found on a loveseat in Redwine’s living room, and tested as a match with Dylan’s DNA. Other blood samples – on a coffee table, on a couch, and on the floor under a rug – could not be ruled out as matches to Dylan’s DNA.
▪ A cadaver dog found the scent of a dead body in the living room, in a washing machine, and on the clothes Redwine said he’d worn that night in November 2012. The dog found a cadaver odor in Redwine’s pickup, too, in early 2014.
▪ The first set of remains was found a mile past a seasonal gate that closes in winter, about 100 yards off an ATV trail. Redwine owned an ATV, and he was familiar with that mountain road.
▪ One of Redwine’s ex-wives reported hearing Redwine say if he ever needed to get rid of a body, he’d leave it in the mountains. He told her, too, that he would “kill the kids before he let her have them.”