Missing teen may have been upset about order
13-year-old known in area, now lives in Colorado Springs
A 13-year-old boy who went missing Monday from the Vallecito area may have been upset with a court order granting his father visitation rights over the Thanksgiving holiday, said some family members.
Dylan Redwine remained missing Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities suspect Dylan may have run away, but they weren’t ruling out the possibility he was abducted, said Dan Bender, spokesman with the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, in a news release.
A Vallecito resident who knows Dylan reported seeing him walking with another boy about the same age Monday afternoon along County Road 501 in Vallecito, according to the release. Both had backpacks.
Members of La Plata County Search and Rescue searched for Dylan on Monday night and all day Tuesday using ground search teams and dogs.
Two rescue workers said they possibly saw him on separate occasions Tuesday afternoon, but he fled into the forest. Bender said Wednesday one of the sightings turned out to be a jogger; the second may have been the same jogger or Dylan.
Dylan, who lives with his mother in Colorado Springs, arrived at his father’s house Sunday after 6th Judicial District Judge David Dickinson issued a court order granting his father visitation rights during the Thanksgiving holiday, Bender said.
He was last seen at his father’s house by his father about 7:30 a.m. Monday. He was gone when his father returned to the house about 11:30 a.m. after running errands in town, Bender said.
He is described as 5 feet tall, 105 pounds, blond hair and blue eyes. It is not known what clothing he may be wearing. He may have a black backpack with him.
The search area includes the shoreline around Vallecito Reservoir, several small subdivisions, two county roads, steep wooded hillsides and hiking trails.
Dylan lived and attended school for years in the Vallecito and Bayfield area and is known by many people, Bender said.
La Plata County Sheriff’s Office has been interviewing family members and others who know him.
The boy’s mother, Eliane, and his older brother came to Durango to assist investigators.
Search-and-rescue members are on standby today in case new leads are developed that could direct them to new search areas.
Anyone with information on Dylan’s whereabouts is asked to call investigators Dan Patterson 382-7015 or Tom Cowing 382-7045.