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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.

This story was posted on November 28, 2012.