Conflict & Tragedy
Dylan Redwine still missing, mother believes father harmed boy
Update: On Dec. 26, the Durango-Herald reported the reward for tips on leads in the Dylan Redwine case has increased to $20,000. Durango Police Department Officer Ron Wysocki said the reward would be paid for a lead resulting in an arrest or information leading to Dylan's whereabouts.
KOAT-TV in Albuquerque reported a bloodhound from New Mexico searched an area previously covered by dogs and search teams. This particular bloodhound reportedly can detect a scent up to 6 weeks old, but the dog came up with nothing. Family, friends, and the community continue hoping for Dylan's safe return. (This report was last updated on Dec. 30, at 12:08 a.m., PST.)
Update: On Dec. 11, the Associated Press reported that a weekend search for missing teen, Dylan Redwine, has uncovered several clues. About 300 people participated in a search in the area between Vallecito and Durango on Saturday. Searchers found dozens of items and 10 were collected for "future reference in the case." Dylan has not been located, and any information on his whereabouts can be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, at 800-843-5678. (This report was last updated on Dec. 11, at 9:56 a.m., PST.)
Dylan Redwine, a 13-year-old Colorado boy, who was visiting his father just north of Vallecito Lake, in Bayfield (La Plata County), has been missing since Nov. 19. The father, Mark Redwine left the son for about four hours to run errands and was the last to see him on that day at 7:30 a.m. On Wednesday, neighbors and friends attended a vigil with Dylan's family members.
Mark Redwine also attended the vigil and spoke about Dylan. The Durango Herald reported the father, whose first public appearance was at the vigil, said to the gathering, "That boy was my whole world. I would do anything to find him. You don’t know how much I love that boy.”
Dylan's mother and father have been divorced for five years. The mother, Elaine Redwine, reportedly told ABC News she fears her ex-husband is involved in their son's disappearance. The teen was visiting his father over the Thanksgiving holiday per a court order. The father and mother live about five hours away from each other, and the mother believes the father was upset that she had primary custody of their son.
Elaine Redwine says the father did not treat the boy well, and because of her past experience with the father, she believes he may have harmed their son. She said, "I would not put it past Mark to have done something to remove Dylan from the situation. You know, like 'if I can't have him, nobody will."
The mother also reported to ABC that Mark Redwine did not respond when she tried contacting him about Dylan -- even when she got their older son, who is 21, to text his father. Elaine Redwine says she doesn't understand why the father is being evasive about the situation.
The police are looking into foul play, but they have not ruled out the possibilities that Dylan was abducted or ran away. Yet, his brother said the boy would not run away and if he were afraid, he would call him, his mom or his stepdad.
Dylan is described as 5 feet tall, 105 pounds, with blond hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion. KSDK-TV reported when he was last seen he was wearing a blue-and-white Duke Blue Devil's baseball cap, black Nike T-shirt, and black Jordan tennis shoes.
The community continues hoping and praying. Divers searched the waters at the Vallecito Valley Reservoir, but no body has not been found. Efforts have peaked as the FBI is now involved.