Dylan Redwine should be a household name by now, and not just throughout metropolitan Colorado Springs.
The 13-year-old Monument teen, who attended Lewis Palmer Middle School, went missing Nov. 19 while visiting his father over Thankgiving break in the Vallecito area near Durango. For the many in this area who love him, the past two months have been hell. One cannot fathom the pain and anxiety this mystery has caused Dylan’s mother, Elaine Redwine, who lives in Monument and has primary custody.
The Redwines moved into their new home just two weeks before Dylan’s disappearance. It was supposed to be a place of holiday joy — a place in which Dylan would grow up while the family built memories. Instead, it’s the house with an empty room that Dylan’s mother cannot stand to encounter.
“Every time I look in there I see these little socks and …”
Elaine broke into tears before she could finish her thought while talking to Gazette reporter Garrison Wells.
“I never thought in a million years I would have a missing child,” she said, wiping away tears. “Now, it’s part of every day. It’s real.”
People in and around Monument have come forward, raising money for a reward they hope might lead to information about Dylan. Authorities and volunteer search teams have scoured the area surrounding the location of Dylan’s disappearance. They have searched above ground and underwater, to no avail.
Among the more shocking details of Dylan’s disappearance is the national media’s apparent disinterest. When a child is murdered — remember JonBenet Ramsey — the media put on a circus. When a child may be found alive and well, and media could help make it so, the attention underwhelms.
Wells reports that Elaine Redwine reached out to Dr. Phil, CNN, America’s Most Wanted and The Today Show. None has given her the courtesy of a response, let alone the attention her son’s disappearance warrants.
Widespread media coverage, that reaches an audience of millions throughout the country, could provide the best chance for the family and authorities to find Dylan.
We at The Gazette plead with our colleagues in the national media to grab this story and run with it. Someone must know what happened to this child.
Additionally, we ask that our readers take reasonable measures to pressure media outlets to give this story new life. Use modern personal media tools — Facebook, Twitter, blogs, Pinterest, etc. — to distribute word about the mystery of Dylan Redwine. Put yourselves in the place of a mother who has lost a child. Then ask what you would want others to do and proceed accordingly.
Dylan Redwine may be alive and well, hoping and praying that someone will help him return to his home, his school and the family and friends who love him. Please do not view this as a problem for someone else. This missing child is a loss to us all. For more information, or to offer help, visit “Find Missing Dylan Redwine” on Facebook.