Volunteers organize Thanksgiving Day search

Vallecito, Forest Lakes areas scoured for missing 13-year-old

Two separate search teams of 30 volunteers each spent their Thanksgiving morning canvassing Vallecito Reservoir and Forest Lakes areas for a missing 13-year-old boy named Dylan Redwine.

Volunteers knocked on doors, passed out fliers and combed wilderness areas for Dylan, who has been missing since Monday.

They also searched abandoned buildings, barns and other outbuildings. They’re making a grid of all the places they have checked, eventually extending the search to Ignacio and Bayfield if necessary.

“Our main goal is to let the community know we have a missing 13-year-old boy,” said Denise Hess, organizer of the search.

Hess said she wanted to squelch rumors that the boy had been found. She disputed reports that Dylan had an argument with his father before he went missing.

Authorities suspect Dylan may have run away, but they weren’t ruling out the possibility he was abducted, said Dan Bender, a public information officer for La Plata County Sheriff’s Office.

Bender said in a release on Thursday that there were no new developments in the case.

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 help investigators.