Mark Redwine told authorities that his son’s fishing rod was missing within hours of 13-year-old Dylan Redwine’s 2012 disappearance in La Plata County, focusing the early search efforts for the boy on the Vallecito Reservoir — well away from the location where Dylan’s remains were eventually found.
Mark Redwine, 59, who is standing trial on charges of second-degree murder and child abuse in Dylan’s death, told investigators he’d searched his house for his son’s fishing rod and couldn’t find it, and suggested Dylan might have wandered off to go fishing.
Later, investigators would comb the property for evidence without finding the fishing rod, according to testimony in the high-profile murder trial, which is well into its third week.
But one month after Dylan’s bones were found in June 2013 — in rugged, wooded terrain on Middle Mountain, nowhere near a fishing spot — Redwine suddenly claimed to have discovered the fishing rod in his garage. He turned it over to investigators, La Plata County sheriff’s Lt. Tom Cowing testified Wednesday.
“He mentioned how he’d moved his ATV from the garage and discovered the fishing pole behind a washing machine,” Cowing testified for the prosecution, which is seeking to prove that Redwine killed his son on the night of Nov. 18, 2012, and then worked diligently for years to mislead investigators and cover his tracks.
Prosecutors have suggested Redwine killed his son in a fit of rage during a confrontation about photos that depict Redwine eating feces from a diaper. Redwine’s defense attorneys have argued that Dylan ran away from his father’s home and could have been attacked by a wild animal.
Dylan’s remains were scavenged by wild animals, but he also suffered a skull fracture that appeared to happen around the time he was killed, and two small marks found on his skull appeared to have been made by a knife or sharp tool, one expert testified.
A cadaver dog also found the scent of human remains in Redwine’s truck, the dog’s handler, Carren Gummin, testified this week. Redwine’s defense attorneys, who have dismissed the dog’s work as “junk science,” focused on undermining the dog’s credibility during cross-examination.
Testimony continues Wednesday afternoon.
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