La Plata County officials search for 13-year-old Dylan Redwine who's been missing since Monday

Authorities don't rule out abduction or runaway

LA PLATA COUNTY, Colo. - The La Plata County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the disappearance of 13-year-boy who's been missing since Monday.

Dylan Redwine's father, Mark Redwine, reported him missing midday Monday morning 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 had been staying at his father’s house since Sunday as part of a court-ordered Thanksgiving holiday visitation.  Dylan, his mother and brother moved to Colorado Springs last summer, Bender said.

The Sheriff’s Office is not ruling out the possibility of abduction but are also exploring the possibility that Dylan may have run away, Bender said.  Some family members said Dylan may not have been in favor of the court-ordered visit this week. Dylan lived and attended school for years in the Vallecito area and is known by many people.    

Dylan is 5-feet tall, 105 pounds and has blond hair and blue eyes. It is not known what clothing he may be wearing.  He may have a black backpack with him.

Members of La Plata County Search & Rescue team using bloodhounds searched for the teen Monday night and Tuesday. The search area included the shoreline around Vallecito Lake, several small subdivisions, county roads, 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 on Monday afternoon with another boy about the same age. Both had backpacks, Bender said.

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

The search-and-rescue team is on standby Wednesday in case new leads are developed that could direct them to new search areas. Investigators are also retracing Dylan’s route  from Colorado Springs to Durango and places he may have visited after his arrival.

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.  
 

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