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Task force to assist in search for missing boy
On Monday, Nov. 26, the Dylan Redwine Task Force was created to manage the investigation and efforts to locate Dylan Redwine, a 13-year-old boy who has been missing since Monday, Nov. 19.

This task force is comprised of members from the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, the Durango Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Other agencies in the area are also assisting with the search. Within the Task Force are two crime analysts: one from the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office and one from the FBI. These analysts are taking all the information coming into the task force and putting that information into computer programs. These computer programs allow the analysts to search information in different ways to identify any additional leads. The sheriff’s office has received hundreds of tips.

Today, uniformed sheriff’s deputies will begin contacting residents from Vallecito Dam north through the Vallecito area. The Deputies will be accompanied by task force members and are seeking any information that may be helpful to the investigation. They will not be conducting a house-to-house search, but this canvasing by task force members may take several days.

The task force is asking the citizen volunteers who have been so helpful in canvasing the area to please refrain from volunteer searches north of Vallecito dam as this could interfere with the task force’s search.

La Plata County Search and Rescue Team members are on standby and will be called in to assist if any new leads are identified that warrant other areas to be searched. They have covered all the pertinent areas around Vallecito Reservoir

Anyone who may have information on Dylan’s whereabouts is asked to contact La Plata County Sheriff’s Office Investigators Dan Patterson at 382-7015 or Tom Cowing at 382-7045. Persons can also call the hotline for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678.

Vallecito Lake searched for missing boy
A two-day search of Vallecito Lake ended late Monday afternoon after extensive sonar sweeps found nothing.

The search was part of an eight-day effort to locate 13-year-old Dylan Redwine who has been missing since Monday, Nov. 19.

Two La Plata County Search and Rescue K-9s alerted in an area on the south end of the lake Saturday and again on Sunday. Seven scuba divers from the New Mexico State Police Search and Recovery Team searched the south end of the lake Sunday afternoon without finding anything suspicious. Visibility under water was seven to nine feet; water temperature was 38 degrees.

On Monday, three different boats, including one with New Mexico State Police divers on board, used four different sonar systems to scan the bottom of the south end of the lake from shore to shore, along the length of the dam and several hundred yards out into the lake from the dam. After seven hours of sonar grid searches, nothing out of the ordinary was found. Due to a complete clearing of the area of the K-9 alerts as well as the surrounding area, no further searches of the lake bottom are planned unless new information is developed.

A joint team of Investigators with La Plata County Sheriff’s Office and FBI agents are continuing their investigation. If new clues are found or leads developed, additional field searches will resume. No searches are planned for Tuesday.

Anyone who has information on Dylan’s whereabouts are asked to contact La Plata County Sheriff’s Office investigators Dan Patterson (382-7015) or Tom Cowing (382-7045). Persons can also call the hotline for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678.

Search continues for boy missing at Vallecito

A search of Vallecito Lake on Sunday provided no new clues to the whereabouts of 13-year-old Dylan Redwine who has been missing since Monday, Nov. 19.

Two La Plata County Search and Rescue K-9s alerted in an area on the south end of the lake, near the dam. Seven personnel from a New Mexico State Police SCUBA diving and Zodiac boat team searched the south end of the lake Sunday afternoon and will search again today The divers are very limited in the amount of time they can search underwater. Due to a combination of the water depth of up to 40 feet, a high altitude of 7,700 feet and the cold water temperatures, a diver can only dive for a maximum of 20 to 30 minutes before having to be on the surface for eight hours before they can dive again. At the request of the dive team, two boats equipped with sonar will survey the area today. The divers will then be able to maximize their limited time by only searching where blips appear on sonar. Members of La Plata Search and Rescue will also continue to search portions of the shoreline that is several miles in length.

La Plata Sheriff’s Office Investigators are working closely with FBI Agents to share information and tap in to the resources of the FBI which has a national reach. Investigators continue to explore all possibilities considering everything from foul play to an abduction to a runaway who is still near or has left the area. La Plata Sheriff’s Office PIO Dan Bender said: “We know some people are upset that we are even considering the possibility that Dylan may have run away. But, we are working for Dylan and we owe it to him and to his family to consider every possible scenario that could have caused him to drop out of sight for a week. To disregard any potential circumstance could cause us to overlook a possible clue that will lead us to Dylan.”

The sheriff’s office is trying to solve one puzzle and needs the help of local residents to do so. At about 2 p.m. Monday Nov. 19, the day Dylan’s father says he disappeared, a postal worker who knows Dylan on sight thought she saw him walking with another boy. They were walking in a northerly direction in the 18,000 block of County Road 501 in Vallecito near the local grocery. Investigators have not been able to determine who the two boys were that the postal worker saw. Both boys were said to be wearing hoodies and dark backpacks. The sheriff’s office is asking anyone who may fit that description and was in that area around 2 p.m. last Monday to contact La Plata Sheriff’s Investigator Tonya Golbricht at 382-7019. Whoever it may have been is not in trouble. Investigators just want to determine if it was Dylan the postal worker saw or if it was two other boys.

Anyone who may have information on Dylan’s whereabouts are asked to contact La Plata County Sheriff’s Office investigators Dan Patterson, 382-7015, or Tom Cowing, 382-7045. Persons can also call the hotline for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678.

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