DURANGO, Colo. (CBS4) – Authorities say they have collected several items that could be clues in the search for Dylan Redwine, a teenager who has been missing since last November.
According to the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, several days of searches were conducted in the area of Middle Mountain.
“A variety of items were collected during five days of searching along 12 miles of U.S. Forest Service Middle Mountain Road,” sheriff’s office spokesman Dan Bender said in a statement.
Bender said the found items will have to be sent to a laboratory to see if they are connected to the investigation. He said officials won’t comment on what the items are or what condition they are in.
Dylan has been missing since Nov. 19, a day after arriving at his father’s Vallecito home for a court-ordered visit during Thanksgiving break. The boy was living with his mother and brother in the Colorado Springs area.
His father says he last saw Dylan asleep when he left home early to do some errands. He reported the boy missing that afternoon.
Middle Mountain is located north and within sight of Vallecito Lake, near Dylan’s father’s house.
Dylan’s mother, Elaine Redwine, who is estranged from Mark, has said she believes Mark knows more about Dylan’s disappearance than he has been saying. The couple had appeared hostile towards each other on the Dr. Phil Show in February.
Bender said search teams negotiated steep drainages with extensive ground cover as they looked for clues since last Saturday. Investigators were hopeful to find more clues since the snow has melted in the area.
“Sectors were treated as possible crime scenes. At times the searchers were almost shoulder to shoulder as they moved up and down the difficult terrain,” Bender said. “The searches began last Saturday. They were not based on any recent tips, nor new information. They were part of a series of follow-up searches conducted in the Vallecito area since snows melted this spring.”
Additional Information From The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office
Anyone with information related to Dylan Redwine’s disappearance are asked to contact La Plata County Sheriff’s Office Investigators Dan Patterson (970-382-7015) or Tom Cowing (970-382-7045). There is a local tip line (970-382-7511) where tips can be left on an answering machine that is regularly checked by Investigators. Persons can call the local Crime Stoppers at 970-247-1112. Persons can also call the hotline for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE LOST (1-800-843-5678).