Vigils mark Dylan Redwine's birthday

Jessica Ridgeway's mom talks exclusively to 7NEWS

MONUMENT, Colo. - Several vigils were held in Colorado and New Mexico Wednesday to mark the 14th birthday of Dylan Redwine.

The Monument teen was last seen at his father's home near Durango over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The rallies, called “Beams of Hope Birthday Blaze,” were in Westminster, Monument, Bayfield and Farmington, N.M.

Among those attending the gathering in Westminster was Sarah Ridgeway.  Ridgeway lost her daughter, Jessica,  in October after prosecutors say she was abducted and killed by a stranger.

 Sarah Ridgeway has remained silent since her daughter's death, but told 7NEWS in an exclusive interview, she was speaking Wednesday night, hoping her words will help find Dylan Redwine.

"I just want to make sure there's awareness for other kids that are missing," said Ridgeway.   "I want everybody to be able to look around and pay attention to what they see and what kids they see."

Sarah Ridgeway has never met Dylan Redwine or his mother -- yet she knows they have an unspoken bond.   

"We understand where she is coming from.  And that she has support out there from us too."

Similar vigils were held across the state, including one in Monument where Dylan's mother attended.

"I hope her son comes home quickly and sooner rather than later -- alive and well," said Ridgeway. 

Despite a number of searches, the La Plata County Sheriff says his disappearance is still an open case and his disappearance is under investigation as a crime.

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