The 1983 disappearance of Wallace Guidroz, previously classified as a non-family abduction, has been reclassified as a homicide and they’ve issued a death certificate. They even listed a cause of death: blunt force injury to the head.
The police are not outright saying so, but it seems to me that Wallace’s father, Stanley, must have confessed to killing him, or admitted killing him, or something. Stanley doesn’t have anything to lose by confessing; he’s already facing a second-degree murder charge in Louisiana and I believe that carries a life sentence. Maybe he just wants to get it all off his chest. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like they’re going to find Wallace’s body, even if it was buried at the spot they’re searching at.
The case reminds me very much of the 2002 disappearance of Jahi Turner: the same age child, allegedly abducted from a park, last seen in the company of a male caregiver who is a suspect in his disappearance. Jahi’s stepfather was also later charged with an unrelated murder, but it didn’t stick. I don’t know where he is now, and I haven’t heard anything about Jahi’s case in a very long time.