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Investigators search house of Dylan’s father

By Dale Rodebaugh Herald staff writer

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant Thursday morning at the home of Mark Redwine, father of 13-year-old Dylan Redwine who disappeared Nov. 19 while visiting his father during Thanksgiving week.

“We are not calling Mark Redwine a suspect,” Sheriff’s spokesman Dan Bender said. “It was only prudent to search, because this was the last place Dylan was seen.”

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the FBI had tents and a trailer set up outside the house Thursday morning. Investigators wearing white scrub-like uniforms made trips in and out of the house and a travel trailer parked nearby. Investigators also towed Mark Redwine’s two pickups from his property to an undisclosed location for further searching.

About 15 investigators and analysts were involved in combing the premises, Bender said.

Bender said Mark Redwine allowed investigators to look through his house on County Road 500 on other occasions.

“But the meticulous nature of the search today required a search warrant,” Bender said.

Bender didn’t know the wording or scope of the warrant or why it wasn’t executed earlier.

“The investigation of Dylan’s disappearance is ongoing,” Bender said. “We won’t be revealing any list of what we find until it’s over.”

Dylan’s visit was the result of a court order by 6th Judicial District Judge David Dickinson, who said Thursday he is restricted from commenting on the order or the parenting plan.

Dylan’s mother, Elaine Redwine, said he texted her when he arrived Nov. 18 at the Durango-La Plata County Airport. The boy immediately contacted friends in Bayfield where he attended school until this summer when his mother, who divorced Mark Redwine in 2007, moved to Colorado Springs.

In an interview with ABC News Radio late Monday, Elaine Redwine said her former husband may have had something to do with Dylan’s disappearance.

“I was married to Mark for a lot of years, and I know the way he reacts to things,” she said. “If Dylan did or said something that wasn’t what Mark wanted to hear, I’m just afraid Mark would have reacted.”

Elaine Redwine said her former husband was upset that she had received primary custody of Dylan.

In an interview with The Durango Herald on Saturday, a few of Dylan’s friends said he had agreed to meet them in the early morning Nov. 19, but the meeting never took place. Mark Redwine told investigators that he left his house to do errands at 7:30 a.m. but found Dylan gone when he returned four hours later.

Authorities said Wednesday they no longer consider Dylan a possible runaway.

A law-enforcement task force comprised of agents from the Sheriff’s Office, Durango Police Department, Bayfield Marshal’s Office, FBI and Colorado Bureau of Investigation continue to look for clues to Dylan’s disappearance, Bender said.

The task force of 50 members started going door to door Tuesday looking for any tidbit of information that could break open the investigation.

A telephone tip line has been set up: 382-7511. Calls also can be made to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678.

Anyone who took photos or shot videos that included vehicles along County Road 501 and Florida Road (County Road 240) from 6 p.m. Nov. 18 to noon Nov. 19 is asked to share a copy with investigators. The county dispatch center may be contacted at 385-2900.

The door-to-door canvassing by the task force came after days of searching with dogs and a dive team around Vallecito Reservoir. Community volunteers, as many as 200 in one day, visited vacant houses, barns and outbuildings looking for traces of Dylan.

Dylan’s case has drawn national and international attention. The Redwine family has received encouragement from well-wishers on Facebook from Australia. Bender said he continues to be swamped with media calls. He appeared several times on Nancy Grace’s Headline News show Wednesday.

The Vallecito and Bayfield communities have taken the search to heart. A vigil Tuesday at Eagle Park in Bayfield drew 150 people, including Mark Redwine, who addressed the crowd.

“I want everyone to know how much I love that boy and how much I cared about him, and how much I thank the community for all the effort that they put in,” he said. “He was such a wonderful boy. He meant everything.”

The Durango La Plata Crime Stoppers has a cash reward for information leading to Dylan’s whereabouts. The Crime Stoppers number is 247-1112.


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