DURANGO, Colo. -- Over 100 people including friends and family gathered in Bayfield, Colo. Saturday to remember Dylan Redwine, the 13-year-old who vanished while visiting his father over Thanksgiving break a year ago next week.
Seven months after vanishing while on vacation near Durango, investigators announced in June that they had recovered partial remains of the missing teenager. Despite the discovery, authorities have been unable to determine what or who may have killed the teen.
On Saturday, family and friends of Dylan Redwine gathered to dedicate a permanent memorial inside the Bayfield cemetery. The memorial bench, now on display with Dylan's name engraved in stone, is what Dylan's mother hopes will begin to bring closure.
"This past year has been a struggle and I have to ask why this happened to Dylan," said Elaine Redwine on stage during Saturday's memorial service.
Since her son's disappearance, Elaine Redwine has remained steadfast in her belief that Mark Redwine, Dylan's father, may be involved in the case. The La Plata County Sheriffs Office has refused to publically call Mark Redwine a suspect in Dylan's death but have held repeated searches at Mr. Redwine's property near Vallecito Lake.
Mark Redwine has asserted that he believes Dylan was abducted when he was walking to a friend’s house six miles away from his property near Vallecito Lake. Mark was not at Saturday’s memorial service. FOX-31 Denver attempted to contact Mark Redwine at his home and by phone, but so far have had no success in contacting the grieving father.
Dylan Redwine would have turned 14 years old in February.
Also on Saturday, a candlelight vigil was held in Monument, where Dylan had recently moved to before his disappearance.