The 2012 disappearance US teenager Dylan Redwine was dubbed a “national mystery” that played out in an absurdly public manner.
While authorities collectively scratched their heads as to where the 13-year-old was for close to a year, Dylan’s parents Mark Redwine and Elaine Hall pointed fingers at each other, their hate-filled divorce and custody battle illuminated onto television screens across the world.
Since the boy vanished on November 18, 2012, speculation swirled as to whether Mr Redwine played a role; with police believing he was the last person to see Dylan, who was visiting on court orders to his father’s Colorado property.
So ‘entertaining’ was the child’s disappearance, the possibility of Mr Redwine submitting to a polygraph test was tossed around during the family’s tenure on Dr Phil. So juicy the story, they were given two episodes of air-time in 2013, three months since their missing son was last seen.
“I do believe that Mark took Dylan to punish my mum and essentially, hurt her,” the pair’s oldest son Cory, who referred to his father by first name only, said on the program. “I think Mark has been lying from the start.”
Then there was the ex-wife, ‘Betsy’, who appeared on the daytime television show to reveal she felt fearful of Mr Redwine throughout the duration of their ill-fated marriage.
“There are so many questions, and the stories keep changing; and that’s why people are looking at you,” she told him and millions of people.
While television ratings spiked and viewers clung to the edges of their seats, in the real world, it’s believed Dylan had already lost his little life. His remains would be found some four months after the episodes aired, thought to be spread by wild animals through bushland, still close to a road Mr Redwine was ‘very familiar with’.