Search continues Saturday for missing teen Dylan Redwine who disappeared on Monday

Mother writes letter to missing son

DURANGO, Colo. - La Plata County Sheriff’s Investigators, in cooperation with the FBI and the National Center for Missing  and Exploited Children continued their efforts Saturday to locate 13-year-old Dylan Redwine who was  reported missing Monday afternoon by his father, Mark Redwine. 

Dylan was staying at his father’s house in Vallecito, about 22 miles northeast of Durango, Colorado since Sunday after 6th Judicial District Judge David Dickinson issued a court order granting his father visitation rights during the Thanksgiving holiday, sheriff's officials said.

Dylan and his mother Elaine and brother Cory moved to Colorado Springs last summer but they are originally from the Bayfield area, about 25 miles from where Dylan went missing.

Sixty people looked for Redwine around Vallecito Reservoir and Forest Lakes on Thursday. They also passed out fliers and knocked on doors seeking clues about his whereabouts.

Five investigators from La Plata Sheriff’s Office are assigned to the case.  Deputies and officers from other law enforcement agencies respond to any report of a young person resembling Dylan.

"We have not ruled out any possibility" said Dan Bender, Public Information Officer for La Plata Sheriff’s Office. "We have to consider everything from foul play to a runaway.  We hope the broadened exposure to the public through the news media, the work of our investigators, and the national reach offered by the FBI and National Center For Missing and Exploited Children  will result in a positive conclusion with Dylan reunited with his family."

Dylan’s father told investigators Dylan was at his house on County Road 500 when he left to do some errands at about 7:30 Monday morning.  Mark said Dylan was gone when he returned to the house at about 11:30 a.m.

Mark reported Dylan as missing a little before 5 p.m. Monday after he was unable to find him during the afternoon.  

Dylan is described as 5 feet tall, 105 pounds, blond hair,  blue eyes and fair complexion. He was last seen wearing a black Nike shirt, black basketball nylon shorts, black Jordan tennis shoes and a two-tone blue and white Duke Blue Devils baseball hat.  He may have a black backpack with him. His may have also taken his cell phone and charger with him.

Members of La Plata County Search & Rescue searched for Dylan Monday night and all day Tuesday, using ground search teams and Search K-9’s.  Vallecito is a collection of several small subdivisions, and camping  areas surrounding Vallecito Lake.  It is in a valley above 7,000 feet, surrounded by mountains, steep wooded hillsides and hiking trails. Many of the homes in the area are seasonal while some are occupied year around.   

A resident who knows Dylan reported seeing him walking along County Road 501 in Vallecito Monday afternoon with another boy about the same age.  Both had backpacks.  The resident was not aware Dylan had been reported missing until Tuesday and didn't know who the other boy was.

Dylan’s mother, Eliane, and his older brother, Cory drove to Durango when he was first reported missing and remain in the area.  Both parents are cooperating with investigators. 

Elaine insisted her son is not a runaway.

“Dylan wouldn’t have left willingly,” Eliane Redwine told the Durango Herald on Friday afternoon. “If there was any way to communicate he would have called.”

Letter from Dylan's mother

Elaine posted a letter to Dylan on Facebook that said:

Dear Dylan

I don't know if you can see this and I know your not a big reader so I will keep this short. We are all in Durango looking for you.

I AM HERE and I will never give up looking for you. You are my ray of sunshine and the best kid a mother could ever have. I miss your laugh and your smile so much. We will find you and bring you home with us!

We all love you so much son and hope you are safe. You are the glue in our family so come home and stick us back together! your mother!

We love and miss you immensely and will never stop searching for you. Don't give up on us son we will NEVER give up on you.

Love Your Mommy.
and Big Brother and Mike!

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.

Read additional coverage in the Pine River Times.

Map showing where Dylan disappeared with route to where he used to live in Bayfield:

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