Sunday, April 28, 2013


     Yesterday I outlined The Curious Disappearance of Dylan Redwine, a young teenager who disappeared in the vicinity of Bayfield, CO in November 2012.  Despite a vigorous search effort, including forensics analysis of Dylan's father's property, Dylan was never located. The most promising lead seemed to be search dogs finding a scent at the Vallecito Reservoir, a local lake. Preliminary searches of the lake by sonar and divers in December did not uncover any further traces of Dylan. With the deepening winter, the reservoir soon froze over, prohibiting further search.  It has only been within the last couple of weeks that the ice has receded far enough that authorities can resume the search of the reservoir.

From the Durango Herald on April 24, 2013:

Investigators with the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office failed to discover new leads in the Dylan Redwine case after searching part of Vallecito Reservoir Tuesday and Wednesday.  Search dogs picked up a scent a few days ago at various points along the reservoir shoreline below Middle Mountain Campground, and dogs’ hits prompted the two-day search.

     The searchers constructed a temporary dyke extending out into that portion of the lake and pumped out the water in a confined area as part of the search this past week.


     Although the physical search was hampered by the cold winter weather, the Redwine case did take a rather bizarre twist during early 2013. In an effort to "get the word out" about Dylan, the family reached out to news organizations and television.  The good news is that they received an invitation to appear on a nationally syndicated television progrsm.  The bizarre news is that the invitation was from Dr. Phil McGraw, host of 'Dr. Phil', a pop-psychiatry spin-off of Oprah Winfrey.  The feature aired as a two-part segment in February 2013. 

     As reported in the Durango Herald, during the first segment, Dylan's divorced parents Mark and Elaine squared off with Dr. Phil as moderator.  The estranged parents soon exchanged accusations of blame.

During the televised interview, Elaine repeatedly insisted that Mark had something to do with their son’s disappearance, and Mark – when he was not on the defensive – stated his unsubstantiated but strong belief that his wife was involved.

“I believe that his mom could have something to do with this,” said Mark, before noting he had no evidence to corroborate this hunch. “She was very quick from the beginning to start pointing fingers at me ... there’s a possibility that she could be keeping him from me.”

Also reported in the Durango Herald, during the second segment, Dr. Phil challenged Mark Redwine to take a polygraph test administered by Dr. Phil's world renowned polygraph experts [ed.=who knew Dr. Phil had polygraph experts?].  Mark had already participated in a polygraph test administered back in Colorado and there were no apparent concerns raised by that test.  Dr. Phil proceeded to badger Mark about his refusal to take another polygraph test in that venue. During the session this exchange occurred:

At one point, Dr. Phil made this offer to Mark: “If you have your son stashed somewhere, or if, God forbid, you flew into a rage and you hurt him accidentally and he's dead, if something has happened, I will help you deal with it now, and we will go recover that young man right now. … But my offer has a shelf life.”

Mark declined.

“Just know that I offered,” said Dr. Phil.

“I'm not involved in this no matter how I come across. I'm not involved,” said Mark Redwine

     I can understand the dilemma faced by the family, wanting to help spread the word in the hope that somebody somewhere knows that one critical piece of information thaat will help them find their loved one. The sad fact of the matter is that there are thousands of missing persons stories, and unless there is a salacious or scandalous 'hook' the national media just does not have an interest in covering them  (e.g.- Natalee Holloway and Paige Birgfeld).  The producers on 'Dr. Phil' did not promote the story as a distraught family seeking the public's help in locating their lost son.  Instead they ran a promotional spot titled, "Who's To Blame", and then Dr. Phil tried to bait Mark Redwine into revealing something incriminating.  I would not be surprised if Dr. Phil was hoping for a flat out confession.  Imagine the ratings boost if that had happened.  I hope Dylan's parents both took a cleansing hot bath with lots of soap after appearing in that venue. 

Here is a little taste of Dr. Phil's style.

     The Curious Disappearance of Dylan Redwine remains unsolved and his official status is still "Missing".  If you have any information related to this case, please contact the La Plata County Sheriff's office at (970) 385-2900 


  1. I just hope beyond hope that this does not turn out to be another of the deals like the little girl in Boulder.


    1. Thanks for the link tip, Dean0. I had seen that report and was going to work up a post on it, but have been tied up with other things this week. Interesting story.