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Texas man arrested in nephew’s cold case murder 37 years later

Terry Lee Woodson was charged with the murder of his cousin Anthony Tyrone “Burt” Woodson.

(Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department/National Center for Missing and Exploited Children )

A man who reported that his cousin was missing during a trip to a Texas grocery store in 1981 was charged with the boy’s murder on Monday, police said.

Terry Lee Woodson, 64, told the police he beat Anthony Tyrone “Burt” Woodson, 5, died on Aug. 29, 1981, Lt. Michael Midkiff, a spokesperson for the Mansfield Police Department, told Dallas News.

Woodson “used an electrical cord or other unknown object to beat the boy, while the “raising” of him, the paper reported, quoting court documents.

Woodson was arrested on Aug. 16 on a murder warrant and placed in the Tarrant County Jail with a bail of $200,000. The boy still have not been found, police said.

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Anthony’s mother gave his grandmother custody of the child and the boy was sent to live with his uncle after his grandmother’ s eyes began to worsen. The boy’s parents went through a divorce then the mother gave custody of her son to the grandmother.

The boy was missing from a 7-Eleven store in Mansfield around 3:30 pm

At the time, Woodson told authorities he took his cousin to the store with him to buy a drink, because he doesn’t want to leave him behind with his wife who was sleeping. Woodson, said the boy fell asleep during the drive and he did not realize the boy was missing until he came home, the Star-Telegram reported.

He told the police that he saw another car pull up at the 7-Eleven at the time, but can’t describe what the driver looked like. Police and volunteers conducted a search to look for the boy, but were not successful.

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The case was reopened in May 2017 by the Mansfield Police Department, after this is established, the child was not taken from his uncle’s car.

“If the cold case investigation progressed, it turned out that Anthony was not kidnapped from his uncle’s vehicle,” police said in a press release. “Many interviews with the uncle, Terry Lee Woodson, it appeared that Anthony was in fact beaten to death in the hands of Terry Woodson in the course of ‘discipline.'”

The police asked anyone with information to come about the missing boy and the location of his remains.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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