Saturday, April 27, 2013

THE CURIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF DYLAN REDWINE

     Late in 2012, Colorado had another high-profile disappearance. 13 years old at the time, Dylan Redwine went missing in the vicinity of Bayfield, CO, in the Four Corners region of the state.  The Durango Herald has been following the story closely.  A slideshow and video timeline of the case can be found here.  Other early news reports of Dylan's disappearance are here and here.

Here's a brief re-cap of the story. 

Dylan Redwine had lived in the Bayfield area until his parents divorced earlier in 2012.  During the summer of that year his mother moved to Colorado Springs with Dylan and an older brother. A ruling by the judge in his parents' divorce case granted Dylan's father visitation rights over the Thanksgiving holiday. 

On November 18, 2012, Dylan flew from Colorado Springs to the Durango-Bayfield airport where he was met by his father. They stopped by the WalMart and McDonalds in Durango before heading out to Mr. Redwine's house north of Vallecito Reservoir. Pictures of Dylan were captured on security footage both at the airport and at WalMart.


Dylan Redwine at Durango airport 11/18/2012

Dylan Redwine at Durango WalMart 11/18/2012

Dylan sent a text message to his mother indicating that he had arrived at his father's, and signed off with a frowny-face emoticon.  According to some former school friends of Dylan, he was supposed to meet them at about 6:30 the next morning, but he did not show up. Dylan's father left the house about 7:30 to go to Durango on some errands. That is the last he saw Dylan. When Mr. Redwine returned home about 11:30, Dylan was not at the house. By about 3 or 4 in the afternoon he was worried enough that he called Dylan's mother to see if she had heard from him. She then reported Dylan missing to the Sheriff's office about 6:30 p.m.  The search was on.  Eventually it would include the local sheriff's department, Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the FBI, along with several hundred volunteer searchers.

Some early possible sightings of Dylan either alone or with another youth were later discounted as being someone else. As the early days of the search went on, search dogs were brought in and apparently got a scent response along the dam at Vallecito Reservoir.  The reservoir was searched by sonar and with a dive team but no body was located. 

The story has taken a few twists and turns in the months since then, which I will look at in a future post.  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

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