Leads, reported sightings in Dylan Redwine disappearance turn up no new evidence, investigators say

Postal worker sighting, visitor not connected

LA PLATA COUNTY, Colo. - Despite several reported sightings and leads, investigators say they have turned up no new evidence in the disappearance of 14-year-old Dylan Redwine, the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Dylan was spending a court-ordered Thanksgiving week visit with his father Mark Redwine in Vallecito when he vanished.

Dylan mother, Elaine Redwine, his brother, Cory Redwine, and Elaine’s fiancé, Mike Hall, stayed in Colorado Springs while Dylan flew to Durango alone on Nov. 18.

Investigators say that the teen's father, Mark Redwine, met Dylan at the Durango-La Plata County Airport at about 5:45 p.m. on Nov. 18 and confirmed that Dylan arrived at his father’s home at about 8 p.m. after the two stopped at Walmart and McDonald’s in Durango.

Mark Redwine said he left Dylan at home alone on the morning of Nov. 19 while he went to run errands. But the father said he returned home to find Dylan gone, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Mark Redwine contacted the Bayfield Marshal’s Office on the day of the disappearance to ask if anyone had seen Dylan, then contacted Dylan’s mother to ask if she had heard from the boy. Elaine contacted the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office at about 5:30 p.m. that day and reported that Dylan was missing from his father’s home in Vallecito.

A local postal worker reported that he thought he saw Dylan walking with another boy in Vallecito at about 2 p.m. on the day of his disappearance, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators identified the postal worker and the boys, but determined Dylan was not among them and none of the three are connected to the boy's disappearance. Other sightings have been reported in other areas of Colorado, but none have been confirmed, the Sheriff’s Office said.

In February, investigators identified a man who was seen in Vallecito looking for gas on the day of Dylan’s disappearance with the help of the public. Investigators say the man was in the area on legitimate business, and he has not been connected to the case.

"I really have a concern that you hurt him and his bones are out there just laying and you don't even care," Elaine Redwine told her ex-husband, Mark Redwiine, on the Dr. Phil talk show on Feb. 27.

It was the first time the divorced couple had spoken in person in three years.

When Elaine asked if Mark had hurt the boy, the father said he had not. Mark also said he does not know where Dylan is.

"I've done everything that I know how to do to be involved in every aspect of what's going on to find him," said Mark Redwine.

The boy’s father mentioned that the postal worker who spotted Dylan walking with another boy was the last person reported to have seen him.

Dylan’s brother Cory said he thinks Mark Redwine took the boy because the father is "the only one not looking for Dylan," but Mark continues to assert his innocence.

"On the day Dylan went missing, I saw two boys walking down the road not too far from where Dylan lives. It was around 1:30 in the afternoon," the mail carrier told Dr. Phil on the talk show.

Investigators have told 7NEWS they continue to follow up on tips in the search for Dylan.

Crews with cadaver dogs opened several holes at Vallecito Lake in February, looking for clues in Dylan's disappearance. After the search, they said they had no new information.

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 a local tip line, 970-382-7511, where tips can be left on an answering machine that is regularly checked by Investigators.