According to the indictment, Dylan was last seen alive on November 18, 2012, when he arrived via airplane for a court-ordered visit with Mark, who was involved in what is described as "an intensely contested custody" dispute with his ex-wife, Elaine Hall. At the time, the boy was thirteen years old. After stopping at a Walmart and a McDonald's, Dylan and his father arrived at Mark's home, located at 2343 County Road 500 in Bayfield, a town in La Plata County.
The indictment points out that Mark and Dylan "had argued and fought on their previous visit" and "had not been getting along" leading up to the latter's latest trip to Bayfield. Several witnesses said Dylan didn't want to stay with his dad, and the teen sent a text message to a friend asking that he be able to room with him on the night of his arrival — a request that Mark nixed. However, Dylan, in what appears to have been his final telephone conversation, made arrangements to visit his pal the next morning.
Early on the 19th, Dylan's friend texted him, asking, "Where are you?" He didn't receive a response.
The report suggests that the blood was fairly fresh, in all probability, since the house had undergone a major remodel in March 2012, and Dylan had only limited access to it prior to November.
The next year, in June 2013, some of Dylan's remains were located "about eight miles up Middle Mountain Road from Mark's house, roughly one mile past the gate, which closes seasonally around November 30 every year, and only 100 yards or so from the road directly off an ATV trail." The indictment adds that "Mark had an ATV in his garage and was very familiar with Middle Mountain Road."
A couple of months later, on August 5, the indictment continues, a human-remains detection dog went through Mark's house "to determine if the corpse of a deceased human had been present at that location," and the dog "indicated the presence of cadaver scent in various locations in the home, including the living room and the washing machine." A similar scent turned up on the clothes Mark was probably wearing on the night in question.
Forensic anthropologists determined that Dylan's skull "had injuries consistent with blunt-force trauma," including "two small markings consistent with tool marks from a knife," the indictment divulges — and this information put investigators in mind of a conversation with Mark reported by Dylan's half-brother, Brandon Redwine, more than two years earlier. Brandon told investigators that Mark "had mentioned blunt-force trauma several times and discussed how investigators would have to find the rest of the body, including the skull, before they could determine if this was the cause of death."
Supplementing physical evidence in the indictment are a number of remarks attributed to Mark. Another ex-wife, Betsy Horvath, said he'd told her "that if he ever had to get rid of a body, he would leave it out in the mountains." Also, during their divorce proceedings, the indictment maintains that "Mr. Redwine repeatedly violated the custody agreement and told Ms. Horvath that he would 'kill the kids before he let her have them.'"
Mark is being held on a $1 million, cash-only bond. He's due to be extradited from Washington to Colorado, where he'll be formally advised of the charges against him. Click to read the Mark Redwine indictment. In addition, here are some past Westword posts about Dylan Redwine:
Dylan Redwine now subject of homicide investigation, family at war
FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013 AT 5:52 A.M.
Dylan Redwine disappearance: Dad surfaces as investigators conclude boy didn't run away
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2012 AT 6:11 A.M.
Dylan Redwine search: New photos released, parents take polygraphs
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2012 AT 9:41 A.M.
Dylan Redwine investigation: Latest search of dad's house leads to more speculation
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2013 AT 6:37 A.M.
Dylan Redwine homicide: Is just-hospitalized dad Mark Redwine being stalked by haters?
MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014 AT 6:51 A.M.
Dylan Redwine Parents' Dueling Lawsuits Tossed, No Justice in Sight for Slain Boy
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2016 AT 5:45 A.M.