DURANGO, Colo. - A candlelight vigil will be held Saturday night to remember missing teenager Dylan Redwine.
Investigators confirmed Thursday that some of the items found during a search this week were confirmed as Dylan's remains.
A Facebook page dedicated to Redwine said a candlight vigil will be held Saturday at 8:30 p.m.at Eagle Park in Bayfield. More details will be posted at: https://www.facebook.com/FindMissingDylanRedwine
Dylan disappeared on a court ordered Thanksgiving visit with his father, Mark Redwine. Dylan arrived at Durango-La Plata County airport on Nov. 18, 2012. Mark Redwine said he went to run errands the next day and when he came home, Dylan was gone.
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, Elaine Redwine, 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.
Weeks after Dylan disappeared, investigators said they determined the teen did not run away, but members of the task force searching for Dylan did not disclose what led them to that conclusion. Investigators would only say they were treating his disappearance as a criminal investigation.
Dylan's remains were found during a five-day search this week of Middle Mountain Road, about 10 miles from Mark Redwine's home. The bones were found in a drainage, according to the La Plata County Sheriff's Office.
"During the search of Middle Mountain we found a variety of items, including bones, and those were sent to CBI, and they confirmed they were human remains," said Dan Bender, spokesman with the sheriff's office. "DNA testing confirmed they were Dylan."
Investigators said they feel confident they retrieved all of the remains that were there.
Middle Mountain is located north of and within sight of Vallecito Lake. The search area ranged from 8,000 to 11,000 feet in 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.
"I cannot wrap my head around it. You can never be prepared for something like this," Mark Redwine told our partners at the Denver Post.
-- Case Timeline --
Nov. 18 - Dylan Redwine flies into Durango-La Plata County airport to spend Thanksgiving with his father
Nov. 19 – Dylan Redwine reported missing
Nov. 20 - Search teams start searching for Dylan
Nov. 24 – Search dogs pick up Dylan’s scent at Vallecito Reservoir
Nov. 25-26 - Dive teams and teams on boats equipped with sonar search Vallecito Reservoir
Nov. 28 – Authorities announce Dylan Redwine did not run away. Asking people who drove from Vallecito to Durango if they had spotted him
Nov. 29 – Authorities execute a search warrant at Mark Redwine’s home
Dec. 2 – Prayer vigil for Redwine at Lewis-Palmer Middle School
Dec. 4 – Both parents take polygraph tests
Dec. 5 – Pictures from a surveillance camera are released, showing Dylan at a Durango Walmart hours before he disappeared
Jan 24 – Reward for Dylan grows to $50,000
Jan 26 – Protestors show up at Vallecito Reservoir saying Mark Redwine needs to be more active in the search for his missing son
Feb. 23 – Cadaver dogs show up on iced-over Vallecito Reservoir
April 24 – Authorities drain part of reservoir and build berm dam to look at area where search dogs got numerous hits
June 25 – Authorities spend several days searching the steep and rugged Middle Mountain Road
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