Mark Redwine says he remains puzzled why his son Dylan would try to walk to a friend’s house because the terrain is rugged where he lives and the house is a few miles away.
The Colorado Springs 13-year-old disappeared â€¨Nov. 19 from his father’s house in Vallecito, northeast of Durango, where he had been on a court-ordered visit.
“He was sleeping on the couch, and I told him I had to go about my errands,” Mark Redwine said in a Sunday telephone interview. “He said, ‘OK, I understand.’ The focus for him was to go to his friend’s, but I live far back in the canyon. There’s a substantial distance between my house and the lake, so it doesn’t make sense that he would walk out, but he’s a 13-year-old boy, and who knows what they think sometimes?”
Dylan’s disappearance has attracted national attention. Investigators say they’re now considering abduction or some other kind of foul play, investigators said.
Mark Redwine is divorced from Dylan’s mother, Elaine Redwine.
Dylan grew up in the Bayfield area and moved to Colorado Springs with his mother and brother over the summer.
Mark Redwine said he is talking with media because he wants to keep people searching for Dylan.
“My focus is to try to keep Dylan in the limelight here and remind people that we are looking for a 13-year-old,” he said. “I know the focus is on me. I know this is a story that is grabbing national attention, but I don’t want people to forget about Dylan.”
Mark Redwine is not a suspect and has cooperated in the investigation, Dan Bender, a spokesman for the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, has said.
Still, Elaine Redwine “seems bent on telling everybody I had something to do with this,” Mark Redwine said.
While Mark Redwine hasn’t spoken to his ex-wife, they traded a few text messages Friday, he said.
He has also met with his other son with Elaine Redwine, Cory, 21, and a son from another marriage, Nicholas, 28, from Arizona.
“We all met together in a private room and sat down and talked. I haven’t heard from Cory for three days,” Mark Redwine said. “I think he’s struggling like we all are. I know he’s closer to his brother and to his mom than to me. We were trying to get our emotions out on the table and focus on finding Dylan.”
Mark Redwine said he would like to meet with his ex-wife but so far has not had success beyond the text messages.
“I don’t want to have dinner with her and become buddy, buddy, but as parents of a missing child, people need to know that we can put our differences aside and that we want our son back,” he said.