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A final goodbye for Dylan
11/21/2013 By: Carole McWilliams
A memorial service Saturday for Dylan Redwine marked the one-year anniversary, Nov. 18, 2012, when he was last seen by mother Elaine Hatfield and older brother Cory Redwine.
During the church memorial, Cory tearfully urged those in attendance to never take the people they love for granted, because you never know when you might be seeing them for the last time. About 300 people attended the service at Pine Valley Church in Bayfield.
Family friend Denise Hess, who organized the initial searches for Dylan, said even as a baby, Dylan had a light that shined inside him. That light is no longer just inside a body, but spreading around to everyone who helped his mother and brother search for him, she said.
Dylan flew to Durango on Nov. 18, 2012, for a court-ordered Thanksgiving week visit with his father, Mark Redwine, who lives north of Vallecito. In late afternoon of Nov. 19, 2012, Mark sent a text message to Elaine asking if she knew where Dylan was. She in turn reported him missing to law enforcement in La Plata County, arguing with them for the days after his disappearance that he was not a teenage runaway.
After months of searches by community members and law enforcement people, bits of skeletal remains were found in late June off of Middle Mountain Road. DNA tests identified the remains as Dylan’s.
After the memorial gathering for Dylan Redwine at Pine Valley Church Saturday morning, community members moved to the Pine River Cemetery for dedication of a new granite bench in Dylan’s honor.
Family members and close friends wrote notes that were attached to black, blue and gray balloons representing Dylan’s favorite colors. The balloons were released at the end of music played on the violin by Beth Wanket. They drifted up into a cloudy sky.
Dylan’s bench is in a little section of the cemetery that seems to have become the resting place for young people who left this life way too soon. It is right next to the memorial for brother and sister Carly Martin and Ray Millich, and one for Bryan Howlett. Nearby is the marker for little Jaxon Formea, decorated with small pumpkins and Halloween items.
Under Dylan’s bench are river rocks that people wrote messages on at a vigil held in Bayfield shortly after the remains were identified. More rocks are being added as people wrote messages after Saturday's memorial service.
A fund to continue the search for evidence is at Wells Fargo Bank. Many of those funds were used to offer a $50,000+ reward for information in his disappearance and death. Donations also can be made at www.finddylan.com.
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