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Search continues for boy missing at Vallecito

Dylan Redwine

La Plata County authorities, in cooperation with the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), are still on the lookout for a missing teenager, and a task force has been formed to assist in the search.

Dylan Redwine, 13, has been missing since Monday, Nov. 19, when he was last seen in the area of Vallecito Lake, 22 miles northeast of Durango. He was reported missing by his father, Mark Redwine.

On Monday, Nov. 26, the Dylan Redwine Task Force was created to manage the investigation and efforts to find the teen.

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 LPCSO 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 LPCSO has received hundreds of tips.

Dylan’s father told investigators Dylan was at his house on County Road 500 when he left to do some errands at about 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 19. When the father returned to the house at about 11:30 a.m., he said Dylan was gone.

He reported Dylan as missing that afternoon after he was unable to find the boy.

Dylan is described as being five feet tall, 105 pounds, blond hair, blue eyes, fair complexion. He was last seen wearing a blue and white Duke Blue Devils baseball cap, a black Nike T-shirt, black basketball shorts, black Jordan tennis shoes and had a black backpack.

Photos and information about Dylan have been posted on the NCMEC’s website at www.missingkids.com.

At the time he was reported missing, Dylan was on a court-ordered Thanksgiving visit to his father’s home. Since hearing of his disappearance, Dylan’s mother, Elaine Redwine, and his older brother, Cory, have been working closely with searchers and investigators, according to a press release.

LPCSO investigators are working with the FBI and continue to examine scenarios ranging from abduction to runaway.

Several field searches have taken place, conducted by search and rescue teams and volunteers.

Saturday and Sunday morning, two La Plata County Search and Rescue K-9s alerted on unidentified scent sources in an area on the south end of the lake, near the dam.

Sunday afternoon, seven personnel from a New Mexico State Police SCUBA diving and Zodiac boat team searched the south end of the lake without finding anything suspicious. Visibility under water was seven to nine feet, while the water temperature was 38 degrees.

Members of La Plata Search and Rescue also searched several miles of the shoreline.

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.

No further searches of the lake bottom are planned unless new leads are developed.

Additionally, no further field searches will be performed unless new clues are found or leads developed.

Wednesday, uniformed LPCSO deputies began contacting residents from Vallecito Dam north through the Vallecito area. The Deputies were accompanied by task force members and were seeking any information that may be helpful to the investigation. They were not conducting a house-to-house search, and the canvasing was expected to take several days.

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.

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

randi@pagosasun.com

This story was posted on November 29, 2012.