MONUMENT - Instead of celebrating a teen's birthday as a happy occasion, on Wednesday friends and family of missing 8th grader Dylan Redwine marked his fourteenth birthday with crying and prayers.
The teen, who hasn't been seen or heard from since visiting his father in Southwest Colorado in November, has been the subject of numerous searches by both local police and volunteer groups.
"He just needs to be home with his family, he doesn't need to be scared out there all by himself," said Elaine Redwine, the missing teen's mother in an interview with FOX31 Denver. Authorities do not consider the teen a runaway but have been unable to publically disclose any theories as to how or why the the teen vanished.
The reward for information that will bring Dylan back home sits at $50,000.
"Whenever we have contacted any of the family members, including Dylan's father and mother they have been cooperative with us," said Dan Bender with the La Plata County Sheriffs Office.
Through television and print interviews, some members of the Redwine family have speculated that Dylan's father may be involved in the disappearance.
"He was the last person to see him, he's not helping out with giving us the answers to questions we have," said Cory Redwine, the missing teen's brother.
Mark Redwine, Dylan's father, has publicly denied any involvement in his son's disappearance. Law enforcement has declined to name him, or anyone else involved, as a suspect in the case.
Anyone who has any information about Dylan's disappearance is asked to call the La Plata County Sheriffs Office.AlertMe