Hundreds of people volunteered their efforts over the weekend to search for a missing teenager.
Investigators shifted their focus Saturday to a country road between Durango and Vallecito in La Plata County. The Sheriff's Office cited concerns about potential snowfall after Saturday, and not any new leads, as the reason behind the new efforts along La Plata County Road 240, also known as Florida Road. The road is a commonly-used route from Vallecito, where 13-year-old Dylan Redwine was last seen three weeks ago.
The area was expected to be hit by snow late Saturday night, giving investigators a narrow window to search the road before it was potentially blanketed by snow.
The La Plata County Sheriff's Office says 263 citizen volunteers and personnel from more than 17 agencies joined in on Saturday's search. Crews combed a 60-mile area seeking any clues that could help locate the missing teen.
As of Thursday, the investigation is still being referred to as a search, and not a recovery.
Dylan was visiting his father for Thanksgiving when he disappeared from his father's home near Vallecito Lake. Dylan lived in La Plata County until four months ago, when his mother moved to Colorado Springs.
Dylan was last seen by his father on the morning of November 19. According to father Mark, Dylan was still at home when Mark left to run some errands at 7:30 a.m. He was gone when Mark returned four hours later.
Investigators issued a search warrant for the home of Dylan's father last week, saying they were not calling Mark a suspect in Dylan's disappearance, but that since it was the last place Dylan was seen "it is only prudent to do a more thorough search of that house and property for any information that can help direct us to Dylan.”
Authorities say nothing helpful to the investigation was found inside his home. They also noted that Mark had been cooperative in the investigation.
11 News asked investigators if they think the boy was abducted; they say at this point they’re not sure, but are investigating every possibility. Deputies have ruled out the theory that Dylan ran away because they believe he would have contacted someone by now.
More than 20 investigators and officers from multiple departments have searched the area around Vallecito Lake but found nothing. The few possible links found around the lake--namely a broken fishing pole found on the lake's dam--have been ruled out as having any connection to the case.
Three La Plata County Search and Rescue air-scent canines have conducted ground searches. Dylan's mother gave investigators some of Dylan's clothing so canines know his scent.
A task force has also canvassed door-to-door in the area.
Investigators ask that members of the public do not conduct their own door-to-door searches because it could interfere with the investigation.
Investigators with the Task Force are also asking the general public if they have any recreational video footage that includes vehicles traveling on main routes between Durango and Vallecito Lake, taken between 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 18 through noon on Monday November 19, to call dispatch at 970-385-2900 to make an arrangements to get a copy of the footage to the Task Force.
A tip line has been set up specifically for the search for Dylan Redwine at 970-382-7511. Citizens are encouraged to leave a voicemail message at this number with information to aid the Task Force in this search.
The Durango La Plata Crime Stoppers also has a cash reward for information leading to Dylan. Crime Stoppers can be reached at 970-247-1112.
Citizens may also call the hotline for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE LOST (1-800-843-5678).
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