Dylan Redwine's father Mark Redwine asks public to look at son's photo and children you see around

VALLECITO, Colo - Six months after Dylan Redwine disappeared, his father is speaking out -- criticizing the alert protocol, defending himself and asking the public to once again look at his son's picture.

Dylan Redwine, 14, disappeared while spending a court-ordered Thanksgiving week visit with his father in Vallecito, near Durango.

Mark Redwine said he left the boy home alone while he went to run errands. Redwine said when he came home, Dylan was gone.

In a written statement, Mark Redwine asked the public to look at his son's picture and the children you see around you.

"I need the help of every single person out there to do this," Mark Redwine wrote. "Dylan could be anywhere out there so PLEASE look at his picture and the face of every child you see his age to see if it could be Dylan."

Redwine said he believes instead of searching for Dylan, the focus has changed to blaming and disrespect.

"There have been many rumors started most of which are untrue and none that have been helpful in our search for Dylan," Redwine wrote.

Redwine's ex-wife, Dylan's mother Elaine Redwine,  and their other son, Cory,  have accused Mark Redwine of being involved in Dylan's disappearance.

"I do believe Mark took Dylan," Cory said. "I don't like you, I hate you. You have been nothing of a father."

"He's the only one not looking for Dylan," Elaine Redwine said. "Because he knows where he is."

Elaine Redwine confronted her husband on the Dr. Phil show in late February.

"Did you hurt him?" Elaine Redwine pleaded on the show to Mark.

"No, Elaine, I wouldn't hurt him.  What kind of mother do you, are you to even think I was even capable of doing something like that?" Mark Redwine responded.

"Where is your boy?" Dr. Phil asked Mark Redwine.

"I have no idea," Redwine responded. "I wish I knew, but I don't know."

In his new statement, Redwine said he thinks Dylan can see what is going on.

"To Dylan: I know in my heart you are out there and can see all the things that are going on," Redwine said. "I want you to know I love you and will never give up to bring you home safe. I will not rest until the truth comes out and justice has been served."

Mark Redwine also wrote to his son Cory, saying,  "I feel the same pain, hurt and feeling of helplessness you and your mother feel. I can't make this any more clear, I don't have Dylan, I have never had Dylan and I absolutely do not know where Dylan is."

In the letter, Redwine criticized the Amber Alert criteria in Colorado which requires a description of someone or a vehicle that takes a child.

"No child who is missing should have to wait for certain criteria to be met before the public is notified and an alert be sent out," Redwine wrote. "I am asking that we stop and evaluate the process as a community, to come up with a more productive approach in the search for Dylan and missing children across the country. I feel more should be done anytime a child goes missing."

Weeks after Dylan disappeared, investigators said they determined the teen did not run away, but members of the task force searching for Dylan will not disclose what led them to that conclusion. Investigators would only say they are treating his disappearance as a criminal investigation.

The reward for information leading to finding Dylan is well over $50,000. That includes rewards through Crime Stoppers, the FBI and donations from private citizens and groups.

Anyone who may have information on Dylan's whereabouts is asked to contact La Plata County Sheriff’s Office Investigators Dan Patterson 970-382-7015 or Tom Cowing 970-382-7045. There is also a local tip line, 970-382-7511, where tips can be left on an answering machine that is regularly checked by Investigators.

Read Mark Redwine's entire statement:

 

--STATEMENT--

I would like to take the opportunity to address the disappearance of my son Dylan as we are now at 6 months. Our community like many across the country are still missing one of our children. I like the many who know him miss his happy personality, smile as well as his outgoing and giving nature. I know Dylan is loved and missed by all those who know him and we owe it to him to continue our search to find him. Over the last several months the focus in finding Dylan seems to have changed to blaming and disrespect. I will be the first to say "I will never give up" and I am honored to have Dylan as my son. 

There are many aspects of Dylan's disappearance, I like many in our communities across the country struggle with each day. I am asking that we stop and evaluate the process as a community, to come up with a more productive approach in the search for Dylan and missing children across the country. I feel more should be done anytime a child goes missing. No child who is missing should have to wait for certain criteria to be met before the public is notified and an alert be sent out. I want to find my son and bring him home safe. I need the help of every single person out there to do this. Dylan could be anywhere out there so PLEASE look at his picture and the face of every child you see his age to see if it could be Dylan. 

There have been many rumors started most of which are untrue and none that have been helpful in our search for Dylan. There are a few members of the community who continue to hamper the search efforts. It's not for me to judge these individuals nor do I believe Dylan would condone anyone else judging them. I thank the many individuals and businesses who have contributed in our search for Dylan. Although several attempts have been made, I would like to publicly invite Dylan's mother too mediation services being offered. I believe the more we all work together to bring Dylan home the more successful his safe return will be.

To Dylan: I know in my heart you are out there and can see all the things that are going on. "I want you to know I love you and will never give up to bring you home safe". Myself as well as many in our community and across the nation have you in our thoughts and prayers everyday. Each day many including me, search for the truth and the person or persons responsible for your disappearance. Speaking for myself, I will not rest until the truth comes out and justice has been served.

To Cory: Like Dylan I love you and will never give up on you. Regardless of the things you say or do I will always care. I feel the same pain, hurt and feeling of helplessness you and your mother feel. I can't make this any more clear, I don't have Dylan, I have never had Dylan and I absolutely do not know where Dylan is.

To whom it may concern: I want you to live each day as it were your last. You can't run far enough or hide under any rock that can't be turned over. Dylan is loved by all who know him. You may find his disappearance entertaining or even amusing. Regardless of who you are and why? All I want is Dylan returned safely. The truth always comes out and when it does may God have pity on your soul.

I love you Dylan,

PaPa

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