Happy birthday, Dylan.
Wherever you are.
That’s the message from hundreds of supporters — tens of thousands if you count the online community — who are getting together on the birthday of the missing 13-year-old Monument boy for “Beams of Hope.”
On the ground, rallies will be held Wednesday for Dylan Redwine in Monument, Farmington, N.M. and Bayfield, the town in southwest Colorado where he once lived.
Dylan turns 14 on Feb. 6.
He disappeared Nov. 19 from his father’s house in Vallecito, near Bayfield, while visiting over Thanksgiving break.
He’s been missing for more than two months, and leads have dwindled and frustrations have mounted.
Last week, those frustrations boiled over when protestors met at Mark Redwine’s home, demanding that he open up to investigators about Dylan. Mark Redwine is Dylan’s father. Several people, including Mark’s other son and Dylan’s older brother, Cory, believe he has not told investigators all that he knows.
Mark was not home during the protest.
In Monument, Wedneday’s get-together will be at 6:30 p.m. at Lembach Park, 151 Front St. There will be a short vigil prayer and people are encouraged to bring flashlights.
So far, according to a Dylan Redwine Facebook site, 60 people say they will attend in Monument.
Jason Krebs, a retired police officer in Colorado Springs, is going. So are Tiffany Stout and Amy St. John.
So is Dylan’s mother, Elaine Redwine, who lives in Monument.
She was on her way to work Thursday morning — her first day back since Dylan disappeared. She was apprehensive.
“Well, we will see how it goes,” she said.
Elaine Redwine is the associate director of financial aid at Colorado College.
By noon, she said the day had gone pretty well.
“They are great at Colorado College,” she said.
She said she didn’t want to call the gatherings on Dylan’s birthday parties.
“It is for his birthday,” she said. “But we will not celebrate, we will be together. We’re all going to be together and have our flashlights and hold a little rally for him.”
An online candle-lighting will involve several thousand supporters worldwide, said Denise Hess, Elaine Redwine’s best friend and head of volunteer efforts to find Dylan.
“None of us thought we’d be having Christmas, New Years and Thanksgiving without him, let alone his birthday,” Hess said. “We have to keep that hope out there. The tagline we adopted is “We choose hope.’”