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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.

This story was posted on November 28, 2012.