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A 13-year-old boy is in custody in Colorado on accusations he murdered his father, then covered up his crime by calling his dad's boss to report him ill.

Authorities discovered the 50-year-old man's body Monday during a wellness check at their home, NBC affiliate KUSA reported.

Early Monday, the father's employer contacted the Eagle County Sheriff's Office to say the son had repeatedly called in to let his boss know his father was ill and would not be at work.

The father also failed to show up to a meeting with deputies last Thursday to discuss his son's possible involvement in a graffiti incident.

When deputies arrived at the home Monday, the teen answered the door and told them his father was dead in the home. It's not known when the father was killed.

— Patrick Garrity