Family members of Dylan Redwine, the 13-year-old boy who disappeared in November north of Vallecito Reservoir, plan to hold a rally Saturday in front of his father’s house.
The rally is intended to remind the public that Dylan remains missing and to encourage his father, Mark Redwine, to be more communicative with family members, said his ex-wife, Elaine Redwine.
The rally is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday in the 2300 block of County Road 500.
“We’re rallying to bring more awareness to Dylan and his story and get his face out there, and try to encourage Dylan’s dad to be more a part of the search efforts,” she said.
In a phone interview Wednesday, Mark Redwine said the rally is an attempt by some to “play judge and jury.”
“I firmly believe that this is just a misguided attempt to draw attention to me when the reality of the fact is, you know, we don’t know where Dylan is at,” he said. “I have no idea where Dylan is at. I have no involvement with where Dylan is at.”
Mark Redwine said he won’t be at his house Saturday morning during the rally. When asked what he will be doing instead, he said he’ll be doing “anything but being around here.”
“If this is what they feel like they need to do to keep this in the media’s attention and keep the search for Dylan alive, I don’t think I have the ability to stop them, nor do I really want to try,” he said.
Dylan was reported missing by his father Nov. 19, less than a day after arriving in La Plata County for a court-ordered visitation during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Text messages suggest Dylan was less than enthusiastic about being ordered to spend time with his father. He texted his mother Nov. 18 to notify her that he arrived at the Durango-La Plata County Airport. The text ended with an emoticon that is interpreted as a scowl.
Text messages also reveal he planned to meet a friend early Nov. 19. The meeting never occurred.
The community organized several searches along Vallecito Reservoir and the mountains surrounding the resort village to no avail. Law enforcement sent divers into the reservoir and have searched other reservoirs in the region.
The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the case, said spokesman Dan Bender.
“We’re still getting tips,” he said. “No matter how remote or far-fetched those tips might seem, we’re obligated to follow up on them.”
Even psychics from across the country have called in tips, which is common in an emotional and highly publicized case such as this one, Bender said. The Sheriff’s Office follows up on those like every other tip, he said.
A cash reward for information that solves Dylan’s disappearance had grown to $50,450 as of Tuesday.
The Sheriff’s Office in no way is involved in organizing the rally outside the father’s house, Bender said.
“We’re not encouraging people to take part. We’re not discouraging people from it,” he said. “We just want it clear that this protest is not in any way connected with the Sheriff’s Office.”
Elaine Redwine said Mark Redwine has been “evasive,” and he has shut down communication with her. She has asked him several times to sit down and talk to her, she said, but he hasn’t made it a priority. Instead, he has threatened to file harassment charges against her and her son, Cory, for texting him repeatedly about the day Dylan went missing.
“He’s a big part of Dylan missing, and I just feel he should be more active,” Elaine Redwine said.
Teresa Martinez, a friend of Mark Redwine, said Cory and Elaine Redwine have sent “ugly” and “threatening” messages to Mark Redwine, asking him, “Where is Dylan, you piece of (explicative).”
Martinez spent 2½ weeks with Mark Redwine during the Christmas holiday.
She said the rally seems negative.
“What they’re about to do is very, very disrespectful to Dylan,” she said. “They seem to be gathering as a lynch mob.”
Mark Redwine said the Vallecito community has been supportive, even shoveling his driveway as a show of support.
He has tried to be involved with activities aimed at finding his son, he said, but organizers have shunned his participation.
“I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t,” he said. “Emotions are running very high right now, with all of this.”