Authorities call off search for Dylan Redwine, investigation continues

Posted on: 6:33 am, November 27, 2012, by , updated on: 06:36pm, November 27, 2012

LA PLATA COUNTY, Colo. — We’ve received word that there will be no search today for missing 13-year-old Dylan Redwine. But the investigation continues.

Dylan disappeared from a remote area near the southwest Colorado town of Bayfield, which is about 20 miles east of Durango.

This case is getting plenty of national attention, especially since Dylan’s mother, Elaine, is now pointing a finger at his father as a possible suspect.

The two are divorced, and Dylan’s father, Mark, was the last to see him at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 19. They were near a local reservoir, but police insist he is not a suspect.

Regardless of fault, the heartbreak shown by Elaine is palpable.

“He was just 13, learning so many things,” she said in an interview with the Durango Herald. “He had just moved into an environment which he really loved.”

The search was called off Tuesday after specially-trained dogs and sonar haven’t been able to find any clues as to where Dylan could be.

“We haven’t identified anyone as a suspect at this point,” La Plata County Sheriff’s spokesperson Dan Bender said. “But the investigation is looking at a possible abduction or the possibility of a runaway”

A New Mexico State Police dive team use sonar to scan of the bottom of Vallecito Reservoir on Monday during the search for 13-year-old Dylan Redwine. (Photo: Durango Herald)

A New Mexico State Police dive team use sonar to scan of the bottom of Vallecito Reservoir on Monday during the search for 13-year-old Dylan Redwine. (Photo: Durango Herald)

Dylan’s mom, in an interview with Good Morning America, claimed her ex-husband is irresponsible. Mark tells us it’s not true, but says it’s not worth talking about on camera

Neighbors like Kent Johnson, who posted flyers around the heavily wooded community, are trying to hold out hope.

“Everybody is upset about it,” Johnson said. “He was a nice kid he’s got a nice brother. It’s all very strange.”

Elaine’s words describing her son on a website for missing children have brought sympathy and a fear of the worst.

“Dylan has a witty sense of humor and he made everybody smile,” she wrote. “He’s just the most selfless kid and it’s just horrible this has happened to him.”

Mark says he left Dylan while he went to run some errands, and that he was gone when he returned. Police say Mark has been extremely cooperative, allowing a search of his home, among other things.