Dylan Redwine Task Force has collected 2-inch thick folder full of tips on missing boy's case

Colorado Springs boy disappeared on Nov. 19

VALLECITO, Colo. - The task force searching for missing 13-year-old Dylan Redwine on Tuesday conducted new sonar scans of Vallecito Lake, searches of its shoreline and a helicopter search of lakes across La Plata County.

 Officials also released photos of the teen when he arrived at Durango-La Plata County Airport on Nov. 18 to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with his father. They also released photos of the type of clothing the boy was wearing when he vanished, including a blue-and-white baseball cap emblazoned with the words "Duke Blue Devils."  

On Tuesday, three boats equipped with sonar searched Vallecito Lake. The lake was searched last month by dive teams and sonar boats.  

"We have no new tips that have sent us back to the lake, but we’re checking in case changes in water and lake conditions could have resulted in any changes from last week," said Sgt. Dan Bender, spokesman for the Dylan Redwine Task Force. "Those searches have not found anything at this time, but are continuing throughout the day."


 A helicopter from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office in New Mexico searched area lakes in La Plata County Tuesday afternoon, including Vallecito Lake, Lemon Reservoir, Haviland Lake, Lake Nighthorse and Electra Lake.

"These new searches are not based on any new tips either," Bender said. "We are just trying to be as thorough as possible and look as many places as we can for Dylan."

La Plata County Sheriff's Lt. Ed Phippin, who is leading the task force, has collected a folder of tips that is about 2-inches thick.

The task force, which vows to follow up on each of the tips, consists of members of the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, CBI, Durango Police Department and Bayfield Marshall’s Office.

Dylan's father, Mark Redwine, reported him missing Nov. 19 from his house in the Vallecito area, about 22 miles northeast of Durango. The father had left the boy at home around 7:30 a.m. while he went into town to run errands, said sheriff's spokesman Daniel Bender.

Dylan lives with his mother in Colorado Springs but was visiting his dad for Thanksgiving as part of a court order.  Authorities do not believe he ran away.

Mark Redwine's home was searched by members of the task force, but investigators are not commenting on the search because it is ongoing. Dylan's mother, Elaine Redwine told Nancy Grace on CNN Headline News that both she and her ex-husband took polygraph tests. She said she passed, but said authorities cannot release results.

In addition to tips, the Task Force has asked the public for recreational video footage or photographs that include vehicles traveling between Durango and Vallecito Lake, taken between 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 through noon on Monday, Nov. 19.

Bender alluded to videos and photos that the Task Force has received in a written statement, but refused to say more.

"As this is an ongoing criminal investigation, the Task Force cannot comment on details about the search of Mark Redwine's home, details about video and photographs from community members that are being analyzed, or any other details on the investigation," said Dan Bender, public information officer for the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office.

Dylan is 5-feet tall, 105 pounds and has blond hair and blue eyes.

Based on surveillance video of the teen arriving at the airport the day before he disappeared and a visit he made the same day to a Durango Walmart, investigators determined that Dylan was wearing the following clothing: 

  • A blue baseball cap with a white front panel with the words "Duke Blue Devils" in blue on the white panel.
  • A black, short-sleeved T-shirt with the large letters "DC" on the front within a thin light-colored square border around the DC logo.
  • A pair of black basketball shorts that went below the knee with light-colored (possibly light blue and white) stripes on the sides.
  • Black-colored  "Jordan" shoes with a white tongue and white shoelace area.

Anyone who may have information on Dylan's whereabouts is asked to contact La Plata County Sheriff’s Office Investigators Dan Patterson at 970-382-7015 or Tom Cowing at 970-382-7045.