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Mother insists missing teen is not a runaway
11/24/2012 By: Carole McWilliams
Thirteen year old Dylan Redwine isn’t a runaway, his mother Elaine Redwine insisted late Friday afternoon, Nov. 23.
She said Dylan’s father Mark Redwine said he last saw his son at around 7:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, noticed he wasn’t around at around 11 a.m., and reported him missing at around 4:30 p.m. that day. Mark Redwine lives at the north end of County Road 500 at Vallecito.
“I don’t believe he ran away,” Elaine Redwine said, and he isn’t evading people searching for him. “He isn’t just out there roaming the area. I believe he is being held (against his will) or is unable to contact us.”
She continued, “If he could call, he would.” His cell phone and charger and various other items were in his backpack, which he supposedly had with him. It’s not at his father’s house, she said.
She said she and Dylan had moved from near Bayfield to Colorado Springs on July 1 this year. He was in eighth grade there and was happy and had a lot of friends there, she said.
She said she was awarded sole custody of Dylan on Sept. 21. Previously she and Mark Redwine had shared custody. On Nov. 18, Dylan flew here for his first visit with his father since that court decision, Elaine said.
Dylan texted her Sunday evening to let her know he had arrived and his father had picked him up, she said. That was the last she heard from him, and his phone hasn’t been used since around 8 p.m. Sunday.
She said she drove here from Colorado Springs Monday evening, “as soon as I found out he was missing. I was on the road by 5:30 p.m. I also called the Sheriff’s Office.”
As of Friday, she said, “They are looking at all leads. The Center for Missing and Exploited Children had a representative there” when she was at the sheriff's office Friday morning. “They are looking at Dylan as endangered, possibly abducted.”
She was skeptical of a report that someone at Vallecito saw two boys walking along CR 501 Monday at around 2 p.m., that one of them had a backpack. “The Sheriff’s Office is trying to substantiate that, because he didn’t spend that much time at Vallecito,” she said.
“We lived off CR 223 for about eight years,” she said, and his friends were from Bayfield, not Vallecito. The sheriff's office has been contacting those friends, she said.
“We want him to come home safe,” she said, thanking everyone who has helped search for him, get the word out that he is missing, or offered support to her and Dylan’s older brother Cory. “We couldn’t do it without everybody here,” she said.
She asked anyone who has any information that might possibly help find Dylan to call the Sheriff’s office.
“I can’t believe this is happening. I feel so helpless,” she said.