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By Sarah Jacobson
Special to The SUN
A subject has been attempting to perpetrate a scam via Facebook in reference to the disappearance of 13-year-old Dylan Redwine.
The scammer identifies himself as Abass Gadafi, a new resident of the Bayfield area. He claims to be the “boss of a kidnapper gang” and claims to be holding Dylan Redwine captive and wants $1,000 to provide a photo of Dylan; then he expects another $4,000 in order to release Dylan.
The scammer asks that money be sent to an address in Ontario, Canada, via Western Union, to his gang “united kingdom.”
An anonymous donor has given $5,000 to Crime Stoppers for information leading to the recovery of Dylan Redwine. Crime Stoppers can be reached at 970-247-1112.
Citizens who have information that may aid in the search for Dylan are also asked to leave a voicemail message on the Dylan Redwine Tip Line at (970) 382-7511. If a citizen wants a return call from law enforcement, they must leave their contact information, but anonymous tips are also acceptable. This tip line is checked several times each day for distribution of information to the investigators.
The Task Force is still requesting any recreational video footage or photographs that include vehicles traveling on any routes between Durango and Vallecito Lake, taken between 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, through noon on Monday, Nov. 19. Citizens who have video footage or photographs that may be helpful to the investigation are asked to call dispatch at (970) 385-2900 to make an arrangement to get a copy of the footage or photographs to the Task Force.
Citizens can also call the hotline for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE LOST.