A Milton-area man was charged Friday with first-degree murder after detectives questioning him about a missing person found a partially decomposed body on his property, state police said.
The man's 19-year-old son, Spencer Ashing, has been missing since February
Michael M. Hudson
, 58, was charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail at Sussex Correctional Institution near Georgetown.
According to an arrest affidavit that was filed Friday night and heavily redacted before being made public, police recovered a .357 revolver
from Hudson's home and found what appeared to be a "significant blood stain''
under a carpet remnant in his living room. Court officials often redact information from affidavits released to the media to protect the identities of victims and witnesses.
Hudson said he last saw the missing person on Feb. 12, when he got on a school bus and didn't return home, the affidavit said.
In the arrest affidavit, police wrote that Hudson told detectives in February that the missing person has left home before, sometimes for up to 12 days, but "always returns home,'' the affidavit said.
Hudson also told investigators the missing person was upset the night before he vanished because the two were watching a television show about homeless people and the economy and Hudson said "he did not know if they would be able to still live in their home," the affidavit said.
Police also wrote that on Feb. 24 a witness whose identity was redacted told investigators that Hudson had pulled a gun on the missing person and had been "physical'' with him.
On Thursday, police wrote, an unidentified witness said Hudson had said previously "he was going to finish ... off and nobody would have to worry about them anymore.''
Hudson also said "he would not have to worry about a place to live because he would be on death row.''
Police obtained a search warrant for Hudson's property Friday and went to the house.
The body was found in the back of the property "under a tarp and brush,'' police wrote. It was covered with a "white powdered substance that appeared to be lime.''
"The death appears to be related to unnatural causes,'' said state police Senior Cpl. Gary Fournier, who added that investigators hope to positively identify the victim this morning.