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Elaine Hatfield blames ex-husband in death of Dylan Redwine
11/15/2013 By: Melanie Brubaker Mazur
Left, Elaine Hatfield waited on the shore of Vallecito reservoir in April as cadaver dogs and boats searched for any sign of her missing son.
File photo by Denise Hess
On Nov. 19, 2012, her son disappeared.
Eight months later, a few of his bones were found on Middle Mountain near Vallecito.
Almost a year after his disappearance, Elaine Hatfield and her fiancé, Mike Hall, and her surviving son, Cory Redwine, are holding a memorial service for Dylan Redwine, who was 13 when he disappeared.
Services are at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Pine Valley Church on County Road 501 north of Bayfield High School. Afterwards, there will be a dedication of a stone bench in Pine River Cemetery, followed by lunch at the church.
In a telephone interview on Tuesday evening, Elaine Hatfield remembered the difficulty of the past year.
“The worst part was finding Dylan’s bones scattered on the mountain,” she said. “But it was somewhat bittersweet, because we had found him. We promised we’d find him. But he should never have gone missing in the first place.”
In June, investigators found some of his remains. They haven’t said exactly what was found, but sources have indicated it was the remains of his foot. Nothing else has been found.
Dylan had flown to the La Plata County Airport Nov. 18, 2012, for a court-ordered visit with his father, Mark Redwine, who lives in Vallecito.
Investigators confirmed Dylan arrived at the airport, went to McDonald’s and Wal-Mart in Durango with his dad, then arrived at his dad’s home on CR 500 north of the reservoir.
Dylan had lived with his mom and brother in Bayfield until the summer of 2012, when they moved to Monument, near Colorado Springs.
He texted his friends that evening, making arrangements to meet them early the next morning in Bayfield.
That evening, the texts stopped abruptly.
No one heard from him or saw him again, except his father. Mark Redwine told investigators he got up early the next morning and tried to wake up his son to take him to Bayfield, but Dylan wouldn’t get up. So he left for Durango to do errands. Investigators confirmed he was in Durango for three to four hours.
He said when he came home, Dylan was gone. At first, he said wasn’t too concerned, figuring he had left with a friend. That afternoon, he texted his ex-wife, asking if she had heard from their son.
She called police, setting into motion a search that later involved the Bayfield Marshal’s Office, La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the FBI, search personnel from area fire agencies, and hundreds of volunteers.
This week, Hatfield said she believes her ex-husband killed her son.
“Yes, I always have from day one, when Dylan was missing,” she said. “Those who know me, who knew Mark, who knew my boys, knew that as well.”
Hatfield said it was disheartening at first when she knew foul play was involved, and police said he could have run away. She said she knew he hadn’t done that.
“If Dylan would have ran off, Dylan would still be alive.”
She insisted from the beginning he would have called her if he wanted to leave his father.
She said her son’s flight to Durango originally had been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17, but was cancelled and rescheduled for the next day.
She said her son hadn’t really wanted to make the visit and asked her, “Mutti, is that a sign?” using the German term for mommy.
She wishes she hadn’t put him on the airplane, but at the time, didn’t feel she really had a choice.
One year later, investigators are still trying to find the rest of Dylan Redwine’s remains, and what happened to him in his final hours.
She said she receives updates from the investigators, but she cannot share any of that information.
“I can say there will be justice for Dylan,” she said. “I want the person who is responsible for Dylan’s death to know there will be justice for Dylan.”
She said while the search is proceeding quietly, it’s still going on.
“They will not give up until this is solved,” she said.
The past year has been a mixture of highs and lows. She and Mark both appeared on Dr. Phil, trading accusations in their son’s disappearance. She became engaged to her boyfriend, Mike Hall. She is now looking forward to the birth of her first grandchild, a boy, to Cory Redwine and his girlfriend.
She said it has been hard to keep going.
“I don’t really have any choice,” she said. “I have to live for my family, I have to live for Dylan. He can’t be here doing all the things he wants to be doing. I have to keep his name and spirit out there alive – in many respects I live for Dylan.”
While she knows tomorrow’s memorial service will be difficult, she wants to invite those who knew Dylan to attend so she can thank them for supporting her and her family during the search and investigation.
“It’s a heartfelt thank you,” she said.