Police say they have confirmed that the remains found near Falls Lake this winter were those of 2-year-old Tristan Blue.
Police think Tristan was killed at his home in southwest Raleigh on Christmas Eve and that his body was taken to Beaver Dam Lake. A few days later, police said that they had found human remains consistent with a boy Tristan’s age but stopped short of saying it was him.
Nearly three months later, police announced Tuesday that they have confirmed that the remains are Tristan.
Police have already charged Tristan’s father, Steven Blue, with the first-degree murder of his son. They also charged his mother, Briana Loriel Dangerfield, with child neglect, accessory after the fact of murder, destroying a body or remains to conceal a death and altering, stealing or destroying criminal evidence.
Dangerfield called 911 on Christmas Eve afternoon to report that Tristan was missing.
But Blue later told detectives that Tristan was “unresponsive” when he was taken from his home at 5461-1 Portree Place, according to a search warrant made public in February.
After talking with Blue, investigators determined that he had used his car, a 2004 Ford Taurus, to take his son to Beaver Dam Lake, in the Falls Lake State Recreation Area, and disposed of the child’s body, according to the search warrant.
Police have not said how Tristan died.