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Reward increases to $30,450
1/11/2013 By: Melanie B. Mazur
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Reward increasing to find lost boy
By Melanie Brubaker Mazur
An anonymous $10,000 donation from a single donor in Denver has brought the CrimeStoppers reward for information about Dylan Redwine to $30,450.
Redwine, 13, was reported missing on Nov. 19. He was in Vallecito visiting his father on a court-ordered visit. A huge search of Vallecito and the Florida River area hasn’t turned up anything that police have reported.
The reward fund is comprised of $1,000 from CrimeStoppers; $5,000 from an anonymous donor; $450 from an anonymous donor; Wednesday’s donation of $10,000; and $14,000 from Hope for Dylan Redwine. The reward is for information leading to the whereabouts of Dylan Redwine or an arrest in his disappearance.
“We are so pleased and thankful that the reward has grown so quickly,” said Denise Hess, a friend of Dylan Redwine’s mother and founder of Hope for Dylan Redwine.
The group has obtained a non-profit state designation, but getting federal non-profit status takes three to four months, she said. The group has raised funds by selling bracelets, ribbons and bumper stickers with Dylan’s name and image on them. Also, people come in to Plaza Video, the store Hess owns, and donate $1, $5, $20 or even more in a donation jar on the counter. Funds raised by the group are administered by a committee. Hess said $14,000 of the approximate $16,000 the group has raised was deposited in the CrimeStoppers fund.
Hess said while she is glad both the CrimeStoppers and Find Dylan funds have grown so quickly, it’s heartbreaking that he has been missing for so long.
Dylan arrived at the La Plata County airport on Nov. 18 to visit his father. He lives with his mother in Colorado Springs.
Hess, a longtime friend of Elaine Redwine, said she had no idea what she was getting into when she started leading the effort to find Dylan, whom she remembers as a five-year-old using his blanket as a super hero cape. He and Hess’s daughter would throw pine cone “grenades” at each other in the back yard.
What she hoped would be a weekend of searching for clues turned into a huge effort followed by 7,700 friends on the Find Dylan facebook page and thousands of other people around the world.
Sometimes, it’s a little disheartening, she added.
She and other volunteers have heard preposterous rumors, she said, including that she and Elaine are holding Dylan to raise money and use it on drugs.
One former volunteer for the group said money raised at a huge community dinner in December went into personal bank accounts, she added.
“That’s not true, and it hurts to hear that,” Hess said. What’s worse is that it takes time and effort from what she says are the positive things people can do: post the missing posters, both physically and on web sites and social media, or volunteer to make ribbons, or pray for the family that Dylan comes home safely.
“We have spent so much time on this because this boy is one of our own,” said Anne Cook, another volunteer for the group. “We’ve been joking that whoever took Dylan was messing with the wrong community, but it’s true. We won’t stop looking until we have answers.”
Donations for the Hope for Dylan Redwine fund can be made at any branch of Wells Fargo.
On Thursday, Jan. 17, volunteers in Monument, Colo. will host a community fundraising dinner. Hess is driving to the Colorado Springs area to attend the event and help Elaine Redwine.
“We won’t give up until he’s home,” she said.
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