Volunteers not giving up hope
Community comes together to help find Dylan Redwine
STEVE LEWIS/Durango Herald
People from around Southwest Colorado, the Front Range and even other countries continue their concern and volunteer efforts to find missing 13-year-old Dylan Redwine. The teen vanished from his father’s Vallecito home Nov. 19.
A prayer vigil is planned for 6 to 7 p.m. today at Dylan’s new school, Lewis-Palmer Middle School in Woodmoor, near Colorado Springs. The vigil will take place at the corner of Front and Second Streets in nearby Monument, about 21 miles north of Colorado Springs on Interstate 25.
Just like his friends near Colorado Springs, the communities in Southwest Colorado are keeping the faith.
“I’m not going to give up hope until we have Dylan,” family friend and volunteer search organizer Denise Hess said Saturday.
Hess has turned her video and women’s clothing store in a Bayfield strip mall into volunteer headquarters. Saturday, volunteers were making ribbons that sell for $5 to help fund the search efforts and support Dylan’s family while they wait for news.
“I can’t even thank the people enough,” Hess said.
Since late Nov. 19, community members have been helping search for the teen, feed and house his family and spread the word about Dylan’s disappearance.
Dylan vanished the morning of Nov. 19 during a court-ordered visit with his father, Mark Redwine. The boy’s mother, Elaine Redwine, and older brother, Corey, moved to Colorado Springs from Bayfield about four months ago. Mark and Elaine Redwine were divorced in 2007.
“The community calls me and wants to help,” Hess said while a team of volunteers made more ribbons in the back room of her store.
“They have a connection” to the Redwines, whether through Dylan, his parents or just as members of the community, she said. Hess said she began her own connection in 2006 or 2007.
While law enforcement and search-and-rescue teams did their work, community volunteers walked house-to-house in both Vallecito and Bayfield with posters of Dylan and combed ditches, trails and buildings.
Hess said that Elaine Redwine is having a difficult time.
“Every day that goes by it’s harder” for her, Hess said. “I can’t even imagine where Elaine’s at right now.”
Hess said that by Friday evening, volunteers had produced 500 ribbons.
The blue ribbons read: “Help us bring Dylan Redwine Home!! Missing from Vallecito, CO 11-19-12.”
Community members Saturday already were buying some of the ribbons even as more were being made. The money made from these ribbons goes into an account at Wells Fargo.
Hess reiterated that “Dylan wouldn’t run away.”
She said Dylan would never put his mother through that pain. If he was having a bad time at the lake, he would call or text his mother, as he did once before disappearing, she said.
Hess said Dylan and Elaine are close. He even called his mother “Mutti,” a familiar variant of the more formal German word for mother, “Mutter,” Hess said. It is like calling one’s mother mommy or mummy, according to Collins Collaborative Dictionary. Dylan’s grandmother is German.
Dylan’s disappearance has been tough on everyone, Hess said.
“It’s been an emotional roller coaster,” she said.
Hess said this type of thing doesn’t happen in a community like Bayfield-Vallecito.
Just as importantly, it is the off-season at Vallecito, so most people around there now are residents or local visitors.
“It’s always been a very close-knit community,” Hess said. “I think this even will reinforce that.
“I know the community is scared right now,” she said, noting that parents are walking their children to school and staying with them at bus stops until the buses pick up the kids.
Even as volunteers continued their efforts, so, too, did the authorities. They are following various tips and leads, said Lt. Ray Shupe with the Durango Police Department.
Shupe, acting spokesman for the Dylan Redwine Task Force investigating Dylan’s vanishing, said there was no significant news to report Saturday.
Law enforcement is asking that anyone who may have photographs or video of Vallecito Reservoir or Bayfield around the time of Dylan’s disappearance contact them.
They are looking for video or photos that show vehicles along the typical routes between Vallecito and Durango from 6 p.m. Nov. 18 to noon Nov. 19.
The county dispatch center may be contacted at 385-2900.
The footage already received is being analyzed for clues.
In addition, people with possible information may call a telephone tip line at 382-7511. Calls also can be made to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678.
The task force includes members of the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Durango Police Department and Bayfield Marshal’s Office.
The case is receiving both national and international attention, including a time on the Nancy Grace show on the Headline News network, among others.