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Dylan remains found in search
6/27/2013 By: Carole McWilliams
Steep terrain, left, made the five-day search for remains of Dylan Redwine a difficult task.
By Carole McWilliams
Times senior staff writer
The bad news came Thursday afternoon. Five days of searching along Middle Mountain Road yielded remains that have been identified as Dylan Redwine.
The rumors were flying this week about items allegedly found in the search for anything related to Dylan's disappearance last November.
Sheriff's Office spokesman Dan Bender sent out a news release on this Wednesday evening and a Thursday afternoon update:
"La Plata County Sheriff's Office received a report from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Thursday stating that items sent to them for tests had been identified as human remains and that they were identified as Dylan Redwine. The family has been notified."
In the Wednesday evening release, Bender said, "A variety of items were collected during five days of searching along 12 miles of USFS Middle Mountain Road. Further investigation, interviews, and laboratory testing will determine if any of the items are pertinent to this investigation."
Bender continued, "This is an on-going investigation, and the Sheriff's Office will not comment on the type of items found nor their condition."
He told the Times Thursday morning, "We aren't giving any specifics until tests can be done by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. We've sent what we found to CBI. Sometimes they can get back in a day or so, and sometimes it's a week or two because they are the only clearing house for agencies in the state."
He added, "When we get results, we'll probably send out a news release." This one was a quick turnaround.
The search started last Saturday and was not based on any new information, Bender said. It was part of a series of searches in the Vallecito area since snow melt.
This week's search involved about 45 people from law enforcement, search and rescue, fire and rescue, and other agencies.
Teams of searchers negotiated steep drainages with extensive ground cover as they looked for clues, Bender said. Sectors were treated as possible crime scenes. At times, the searchers were almost shoulder-to-shoulder as they moved up and down the difficult terrain, he said.
They worked more than 1,600 man-hours during the five day search, which concluded Wednesday afternoon, Bender said.
Search participants were from the Sheriff's Office, Durango Police Department, Bayfield Marshal's Office, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Forest Service, La Plata Search & Rescue, La Plata Mounted Patrol, AZSTAR K-9 teams from Arizona, members of the Southwest Drug Task Force, Necro Search, Upper Pine Fire Protection, Durango Fire & Rescue Tactical Team, the FBI, and anthropologists and archeologists from Fort Lewis College.
Dylan flew into Durango-La Plata County Airport last Nov. 18 for a court-ordered stay with his father, Mark Redwine, who lives north of Vallecito.
Dylan had been living with his mother Elaine north of Colorado Springs since last July. She reported him missing in late afternoon of Nov. 19 after she got a text message from Mark asking if she knew where Dylan was. He was 13 at the time.
Mark has said he last saw Dylan asleep on the couch at Mark's house the morning of Nov. 19. Mark said he left to do town errands, and when he returned at around 11:30 a.m., Dylan was gone.
Asked about reports that Mark Redwine has been outside the area, Bender said on Thursday morning, "Mark has talked to investigators by phone and is returning to the area."
Fox 31 News in Denver reported Wednesday that Mark told them he was on his way back from Indiana where he has been on business.
Denise Hess, a close friend of Elaine's and coordinator of efforts to find Dylan since he disappeared, told the Times that Elaine has been in La Plata County since last Thursday for the search.
Anyone who may have information on the case is asked to contact La Plata County Sheriff's Office Investigators Dan Patterson (970-382-7015) or Tom Cowing (970-382-7045).
There is a local tip line (970-382-7511) where tips can be left on an answering machine that is regularly checked by Investigators.
Anyone with information also can call the local Crime Stoppers at 970-247-1112. The reward fund is more than $50,000 for information leading to the recovery of Dylan.
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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