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Frustration grows in Dylan’s disappearance
1/25/2013 By: By Melanie Brubaker Mazur
Rally being held in front of father’s home Saturday
At a Jan. 17 fundraiser in Monument, friends and family raised more than $20,000 to add to the Crimestoppers reward for information on his disappearance. Attending were Ryan Nava and Wesley Herring of Bayfield, Elaine Redwine, and Denise and Sadie Hess of Bayfield.
More than two months after his disappearance, the Crimestoppers reward for information in the case has increased to $50,450, the result of anonymous donations and fundraisers by family and friends.
But along with the reward amount, frustration about the lack of information and leads in the case has grown as well.
On Saturday, Dylan’s big brother, Cory Redwine, has called for a gathering in front of the home of his father, Mark Redwine. The rally is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday on County Road 500, north of Vallecito Reservoir
"Hey everybody so this weekend is simply a rally to put pressure on mark," Cory Redwine wrote on Team Dylan, a Facebook page. "I want it to be peaceful and certainly not be a mob. This is all to find Dylan and not to bring any negative image to the people who care about him but most of all to Dylan. We just need to put pressure on the fact that mark hasn't taken a polygraph and that no effort has been shown."
According to sources close to the investigation, both Mark Redwine and his ex-wife, Elaine Redwine, took polygraph tests shortly after their son’s disappearance on Nov. 19. Elaine Redwine allegedly passed the test, Mark Redwine’s results were reportedly inconsclusive.
Dan Bender, a spokesman for the La Plata County Sheriff’s office, said he could not comment on polygraph tests, or even confirm if they had been administered.
“We cannot show all our cards, so to speak, he said. “If were to keep the public informed, we also would be keeping potential suspects informed.”
Bender said he knows this is frustrating for the public, and he admitted the case has been dificult for law enforcement as well.
“We have a frustration level within the sheriff’s office,” he said. “It’s in our nature to solve crimes and offer closure and resolution. When we can’t do that in a timely manner, we feel that frustration.”
Bender said while it might not be apparent to the public, the investigation is still ongoing, with about 12 deputies in the sheriff’s office still working with the FBI, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Bayfield Marshal’s Office and Durango Police Department.
Other departments have worked on the investigation as well.
Recent tips from the Front Range were investigated by local police there.
“We have investigators on snowshoes and searching rivers,” he said. “There is still no major break.”
Every call made to the tipline is being investigated, he added.
Last week, local investigators met with FBI agents to go over information and tests on evidence.
“It’s a very active investigation.”
In a press release yesterday, Lt Ed Phippen, task force leader for the sheriff’s office, said tips are promptly checked, regardless of reliability and including several from psychics and mediums.
“We want to leave no stone unturned” he said.
Dylan flew from his home in Colorado Springs on Sunday, Nov. 18 to Durango for a court-ordered visit with his father.
An updated timeline for Dylan’s activities on Sunday Nov. 18 has been released:
5:46 p.m. Dylan arrived at Durango-La Plata airport.
7:05 p.m. Dylan at Durango Walmart
7:22 p.m. Dylan at Durango McDonalds
9:37 p.m. Dylan’s last text to his friends.
The last person identified as having seen Dylan is his father, according to the sheriff’s office.
Redwine told investigators he saw Dylan at his Vallecito home early Monday morning, Nov. 19.
Regarding Saturday’s event, Bender said deputies who regularly patrol Vallecito will have extra patrols in the area. It will be a logistical challenge because the county road is narrow and has no shoulders and people are being asked not to trespass on private property.
“It’s their right to do this, but they have to do it peaceably,” Bender said.
Mark Redwine did not return phone calls from the Times requesting comment.
Anyone who may have information on Dylan’s whereabouts is asked to contact La Plata County Sheriff’s Office Investigators Dan Patterson at 382-7015 or Tom Cowing at 382-7045. There is a local tip line at 382-7511 where tips can be left on an answering machine that is regularly checked by Investigators. Persons can call Durango-La Plata Crime Stoppers at 247-1112. Persons can also call the hotline for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE LOST (1-800-843-5678).
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