Facebook scam in Dylan Redwine case: Trying to capitalize on boy's disappearance

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The La Plata County Sheriff's Office is warning of a scam involving the disappearance of 13-year-old Dylan Redwine.

Someone, identifying himself as Abass Gadafi, is using Facebook to try to scam people out of money demanding ransom money for the release of Redwine. The man claims to be the boss of a kidnapper gang and says he is holding the boy captive and for $1000 he will release a photo of him and if given another $4,000 he will release Redwine.

He claims to be new to the Bayfield area however requests that the money be sent to an address in Ontario, Canada, via Western Union.

“This is a scam,” Capt. Jim Ezzell of the La Plata County Sheriff's Office warned. “Do not send any money.”

Anyone who has contact with this individual is asked to call the sheriff's office at 970-385-2900.

Meanwhile the Dylan Redwine Task Force continues to investigate the disappearance of Redwine. During a community search on Dec. 8, items were recovered and are being evaluated. The task force also continues to receive tips from across the country.

If anyone has any information on Dylan Redwine's disappearance they are asked to call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678, Crime Stoppers at 970-247-1112 or the Dylan Redwine Tip Line at 970-382-7511.