Investigators are looking into the disappearance of 13-year-old Dylan Redwine as a possible “abduction, kidnapping or some kind of foul play,” a spokesman for the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
“We hope that he is still alive,” said Sgt. Dan Bender. “There have been plenty of cases where someone has been abducted or kidnapped and is still alive.”
Bender said investigators began working with the FBI last week because the federal agency has national reach in case Dylan has been kidnapped and taken to another state.
Dylan disappeared from the home of his father, Mark Redwine, where he was staying over the Thanksgiving holidays on a court order. Mark Redwine lives in Bayfield, about 20 miles east of Durango near Vallecito Lake.
Dylan, his mother Elaine Redwine and his brother recently moved to Colorado Springs. Mark Redwine and Elaine Redwine are divorced.
Mark Redwine has told investigators that Dylan disappeared Nov. 19 after he left his home to run errands. When he returned, Dylan was gone, he said.
Investigators had considered all options, including that Dylan was a runaway. On Wednesday, however, they ruled that out.
Factors that led to that conclusion include the absence of activity by Dylan on social media, lack of text messages to his friends and the passage of time, authorities said.
“He was very socially active. He had friends he texted all of the time. A typical runaway contacts his buddies and there’s been none of that,” Bender said.
“From the beginning we had very little information so we had to look at all options.”
Although officials maintain that Mark Redwine is not a suspect, Dylan’s mother raised that possibility in an interview with ABC news.
Mark Redwine’s half brother David Stone, who lives in Castle Rock, said Mark declined to comment on the latest developments because they had not heard about them. Stone is staying with Mark in Bayfield. Other family members are expected, Stone said.
A message left with the Durango Herald for Elaine Redwine was not returned.
The task force meantime is asking that anyone with recreational video that includes vehicles traveling on main routes between Durango and Vallecito Lake call (970) 385-2900 to set up a way to get a copy to the task force. The investigators are looking for videos shot between 6 p.m. Nov. 18 through noon Nov. 19.
A tip line has been set up at (970) 382-7511. People can leave anonymous tips or if they want a return telephone call should leave contact information.
There is also a cash reward for information leading to Dylan.
Crime Stoppers can be reached at (970) 247-1112 or people can call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children hotline, 1-800-843-5678.