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Search continuing on lake for missing boy
4/23/2013 By: Carole McWilliams
Sheriff's investigators, 12 Upper Pine Fire responders, and a La Plata County Road and Bridge backhoe were at Middle Mountain Campground on the back side of Vallecito reservoir Tuesday in the ongoing search for Dylan Redwine.
Sheriff's Office spokesman Dan Bender said from the site Tuesday afternoon, "It's one of the areas where (search) dogs alerted. It's right on the shore, and the water level is rising."
The Tuesday search was on the shore and just off-shore. Upper Pine Fire responders put a temporary coffer dam around the location and pumped water out, Bender said.
The backhoe was in case any tree stumps needed to be removed, he said. Investigators hoped to be finished at that site later Tuesday, he said.
Bender said he got word about this search Tuesday morning.
"I don't think anything was done yesterday (Monday). Water covered the search area. I don't know if they had a deputy here overnight keeping an eye on the site."
Dog alerts prompted this search, he said. Dogs have given alerts at various places that investigators have followed up since Dylan disappeared.
"What we're doing this afternoon is just part of our ongoing investigation," Bender said. Investigators also are going door-to-door again looking for information.
"We've never stopped looking for Dylan, even over the winter," he said. Investigators followed up on tips, sometimes going out on snowshoes.
Dylan flew into Durango-La Plata County Airport the evening of Nov. 18, 2012, for a court-ordered Thanksgiving visit with his father, Mark Redwine, who lives north of Vallecito.
Dylan was reported missing by his mother, Elaine, in late afternoon of Nov. 19 after she received a text message from Mark asking if she had heard from Dylan.
Mark Redwine reported that he last saw Dylan asleep on the couch at 7:30 that morning, and that Dylan was gone in late morning when Mark returned from doing errands in Durango.
Dylan had been a student at Bayfield Middle School. He moved last summer with his mother to Monument, north of Colorado Springs.
His disappearance brought massive searches by community volunteers. Fundraisers here and in Monument brought a reward fund for information about his disappearance to more than $50,000. Dylan's 14th birthday was in February.
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