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.
A variety of items including bones were collected during a 5-day search of Middle Mountain Road.
Middle Mountain is located north and within sight of Vallecito Lake. The search area ranges from 8,000’ to 11,000’ altitude and consists of deep canyons and dense forest.
About 45 personnel from law enforcement and search & rescue deployed and worked over 1,600 man hours during the 5 day search which concluded Wednesday afternoon. Groups taking part included: La Plata County Sheriff’s Office; Durango Police Department; Bayfield Marshal’s Office; Dept of Homeland Security; U.S.Forest Service; La Plata Search & Rescue; La Plata Mounted Patrol; AZSTAR K-9 teams (Arizona); members of the Southwest Drug Task Force; Necro Search; Upper Pine Fire Protection District; Durango Fire & Rescue Tactical Team; anthropologists and archaeologists from Fort Lewis College; FBI.
Search teams negotiated steep drainages with extensive ground cover as they looked for clues. 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.
The searches began last Saturday and ended Wednesday afternoon. The searches were not based on any recent tips nor new information. They were part of a series of follow-up searches conducted in the Vallecito area since snows melted this Spring.
Dylan Redwine arrived at Durango-La Plata County airport on November 18th and was picked up by his father, Mark Redwine for a court ordered Thanksgiving holiday visit. Elaine Redwine, Dylan’s mother reported him missing to La Plata County Sheriff’s Office the following day.
Anyone with information related to Dylan Redwine’s disappearance are 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. Persons can call the local Crime Stoppers at 970-247-1112. Persons can also call the hotline for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE LOST (1-800-843-5678).