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Hope Springs In Vigil To Celebrate Missing Teen’s Birthday

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Friends, family and strangers gathered to celebrate Dylan Redwine's birthday in his absence. (credit: CBS)

Friends, family and strangers gathered to celebrate Dylan Redwine’s birthday in his absence. (credit: CBS)

MONUMENT, Colo. (CBS4)- Dozens of friends, family and even strangers gathered Wednesday at a prayer vigil in Monument for a boy who went missing from his father’s home near Durango during Thanksgiving break.

Wednesday was Dylan Redwine’s 14th birthday. There were candles and cake and balloons, but although Dylan remains missing there’s still hope he will be found.

“We’re all very, very sad that he can’t be here to join us,” said Dylan’s older brother Corey. “Probably the hardest day out of all of them so far.”

Redwine’s parents are divorced. His father, Mark Redwine, reported him missing Nov. 19, 2012 from his house in the Vallecito area about 22 miles northeast of Durango. The father said he left the boy at home around while he ran errands.

Dylan Redwine (credit: La Plata County Sheriff)

Dylan Redwine (credit: La Plata County Sheriff)


Dylan lives with his mother in Colorado Springs but was visiting his father for Thanksgiving as part of a court order when he disappeared. Authorities do not believe he ran away.

“Just an awesome, awesome person. Just an awesome kid. Very selfless, you know. Dylan, I wish you could be here. I wish we weren’t here without you,” said Dylan’s mother Elaine Redwine.

Dylan Redwine, in images from surveillance video at the Durango Airport, right, and in a Durango Walmart on the day before he disappeared. (credit: La Plata County Sheriff)

Dylan Redwine, in images from surveillance video at the Durango Airport, right, and in a Durango Walmart on the day before he disappeared. (credit: La Plata County Sheriff)

“We pray every night and every day that he comes home safely,” said Corey.

Official searches for Redwine have been called off, but a nonprofit called K-9 Forensics based in New Mexico has plans to conduct their own search.

The gathering in Monument Wednesday evening was one of four across several states.

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