DURANGO, Colo. - The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office conducted several days of searches in the area of Middle Mountain for clues related to the November 2012 disappearance of then 13-year-old Dylan Redwine.
A variety of items were collected during five days of searching along 12 miles of Middle Mountain USFS Road.
Search teams negotiated steep drainages with extensive ground cover as they looked for clues. Sectors were treated as possible crime scenes. At times the searchers were almost shoulder to shoulder as they moved up and down the difficult terrain.
The searches began last Saturday. They were not based on any recent tips nor new information. They were part of a series of follow-up searches conducted in the Vallecito area since snows melted this Spring.
Further investigation, interviews, and laboratory testing will determine if any of the items are pertinent to the Redwine investigation.
"This is an on-going investigation and the Sheriff’s Office will not comment on the type of items found, nor their condition," a statement from the sheriff's office said.
Middle Mountain is located north and within sight of Vallecito Lake. The search area ranged from 8,000 to 11,000 feet altitude and consists of deep canyons and dense forest.
About 45 personnel from law enforcement and search and rescue worked over 1,600 man hours during the five-day search which concluded Wednesday afternoon.
Groups taking part included: La Plata County Sheriff’s Office; Durango Police Department; Bayfield Marshal’s Office; Dept of Homeland Security; U.S.Forest Service; La Plata Search & Rescue; La Plata Mounted Patrol; AZSTAR K-9 teams (Arizona); members of the Southwest Drug Task Force; Necro Search; Upper Pine Fire Protection District; Durango Fire & Rescue Tactical Team; anthropologists and archaeologists from Fort Lewis College; FBI.
Dylan Redwine arrived at Durango-La Plata County airport on Nov. 18, 2012 and was picked up by his father, Mark Redwine for a court-ordered Thanksgiving holiday visit. Elaine Redwine, Dylan’s mother reported him missing to La Plata County Sheriff’s Office the following day.
Anyone with information related to Dylan Redwine’s disappearance are asked to contact La Plata County Sheriff’s Office Investigators Dan Patterson (970-382-7015) or Tom Cowing (970-382-7045). There is a local tip line (970-382-7511) where tips can be left on an answering machine that is regularly checked by Investigators. Persons can call the local Crime Stoppers at 970-247-1112. Persons can also call the hotline for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE LOST (1-800-843-5678).