BAYFIELD, Colo. -- A day after being called a suspect in the case of a missing teenager by the boy’s mother, the father of Dylan Redwine is speaking out about the search that's lasted over a week.
Dylan Redwine, who was last seen near his father's home on November 19, has not been identified as either an abduction victim or a runaway.
The FBI, CBI and La Plata County Sheriff’s office have conducted interviews with neighbors, the Redwine family and others but have not announced any new leads in several days.
"He needs to come home and that's what everyone wants for him," said Mark Redwine in an exclusive interview with FOX31 Denver's Mark Meredith after attending a community organized prayer vigil.
Until Tuesday, Dylan's father has avoided the media after his ex-wife named him a suspect in a national network interview.
The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office has not named the teen's father as a suspect. On Monday, investigators described Redwine's father as cooperative in their ongoing investigation.
"My focus is on Dylan and what he needs from us,” Mark Redwine said. “That's all I have to say."
Tuesday authorities decided to call off their active search for Dylan Redwine.
Dylan redwine disappeared from a remote area near the southwest Colorado town of Bayfield, which is about 20 miles east of Durango.
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.”
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 may have information on Dylan’s whereabouts are asked to contact La Plata County Sheriff’s Office Investigators Dan Patterson at 970-382-7015 or Tom Cowing at 970-382-7045. You can also the hotline for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE LOST (1-800-843-5678).