DURANGO, Colo. - Investigators are trying to identify and interview a man who may have witnessed something on the November day that 14-year-old Dylan Redwine disappeared near Durango.
The teen was spending a court-ordered Thanksgiving week visit with his father, Mark Redwine, when he vanished from his father's Vallecito home on Nov. 19. The boy's parents are divorced and he had moved to Monument with his mother and brother in early 2012.
On Monday, La Plata County Sheriff’s Office investigators said they received a tip over the weekend from someone who remembered seeing a man in the north end of Vallecito the day Dylan was reported missing.
The tipster told investigators they were approached that day by a man who asked where he could find gasoline for his vehicle. The man was described as Hispanic, between 45 and 50 years old, about 5-feet-10 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds with dark hair.
The man said he was looking at rental properties, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Daniel L. Bender. The tipster did not have a description of the vehicle.
Bender said investigators want to talk with the Hispanic man, because he might have witnessed something and not realized it.
Anyone matching the man's description who was in the Vallecito area on Nov. 18-19 is asked to contact the La Plata Sheriff’s Office.
Bender said investigators will not identify the tipster whom they interviewed over the weekend and will not say where the interview took place. They did say the interview was a direct result of information left on the tip line.
Within weeks of Dylan's disappearance, 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.
"If anyone feels they may have seen something unusual in Vallecito before or soon after Dylan was reported missing, we encourage them, including the man looking for rentals that day, to contact the Sheriff's Office," Bender said.
"They may not feel what they saw has any connection to Dylan's disappearance. But we would like to hear from them and let investigators decide if it might be important," Bender added.
The reward for information leading to finding Dylan is well over $50,000, Bender said. 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.
Persons can call Durango-La Plata 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).