Active search continues for missing boy


By Sarah Jacobson

Special to The SUN

The Dylan Redwine Task Force (comprised of members of the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Durango Police Department and Bayfield Marshal’s Office) continues its active investigation in the disappearance of 13-year old Dylan Redwine who has been missing from his father’s house since Monday, Nov. 19.

Three boats equipped with sonar resumed a search of Vallecito Reservoir Dec. 4 and the Task Force is searching the shoreline of Vallecito Lake.

“We have no new tips that have sent us back to the lake, but we’re checking in case changes in water and lake conditions could have resulted in any changes from last week,” said Dan Bender, public information officer for the Dylan Redwine Task Force.  “Those searches have not found anything at this time, but are continuing throughout the day today.”

A helicopter from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office in New Mexico searched area lakes in La Plata County this afternoon.  Those lakes include Vallecito Reservoir, Lemon Reservoir, Haviland Lake, Lake Nighthorse and Electra Lake.

“These new searches are not based on any new tips either,” clarified Sgt. Bender. “We are just trying to be as thorough as possible and look as many places as we can for Dylan.”

Based on video footage from the Durango-La Plata County Airport of Dylan arriving in Durango on Sunday, Nov. 18, and a visit on Sunday to the Durango Wal-Mart, investigators determined that Dylan was wearing the following:

• A blue baseball cap with a white front panel with the words “Duke Blue Devils” in blue on the white panel;

• A black, short-sleeved T-shirt with the large letters “DC” (possibly in grey) on the front within a thin light-colored square border around the DC logo;

• A pair of black basketball shorts that went below the knee with light-colored (possibly light blue and white) stripes on the sides; and

• Black-colored “Jordan” shoes with a white tongue and white shoelace area.

Citizens who have information that may aid in the search for Dylan are 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 not a manned telephone number and it is not a way to get information about the search.

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.

The Durango La Plata Crime Stoppers also has a cash reward for information leading to Dylan’s whereabouts.  Crime Stoppers can be reached at (970) 247-1112.

Citizens can also call the hotline for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678.