LA PLATA COUNTY, Colo. - A search for clues in the disappearance of 13-year-old Dylan Redwine will take place Saturday.
Authorities are requesting volunteers for the search, set to begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, and cover several miles of ditches on both sides of La Plata County Road 240, also known as Florida Road.
Mark Redwine reported his son, Dylan, missing Nov. 19 from his house in the Vallecito area. The father said he left the boy at home while he ran morning errands in Durango.
The search is not prompted by any new leads in the case, according to the La Plata County Sheriff's Office. It is a common route between Durango and Vallecito, where Dylan was last seen. Investigators want to cover that area ahead of a possible snow fall that may hit the area Saturday night or Sunday.
Volunteer citizen searchers who have taken part in earlier searches for Dylan are planning to take part in Saturday’s search with coordination from La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, La Plata County Search & Rescue, with assistance from Durango Police Department.
Sheriff's Office spokesman Dan Bender said there are some restrictions and considerations for people who may wish to participate in the search.
"Since this is a search for clues related to possible criminal activity, children and young people should not participate in Saturday’s search efforts," sheriff's spokesman Bender said. "Searchers need to be prepared to walk 2 to 4 miles over rough terrain, on steep slopes. They also need to be dressed for weather conditions and carry their own food and water with them."
People taking part in the search should meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Edgemont Ranch picnic area. The location is on the south side of the 5300 block of County Road 240, just east of Edgemont Ranch and just west of the intersection with County Road 240 and County Road 234.
The search will last until about 4 p.m., weather permitting, unless completed sooner. The search area will be divided into 2 mile sections with La Plata County Search & Rescue personnel assisting each group.
Dylan lives with his mother in Monument but was visiting his dad for Thanksgiving as part of court-ordered visitation. The parents divorced in 2007.
Authorities said they do not believe Dylan ran away and they are conducting a criminal investigation into his disappearance.