More than 100 people gathered in a Colorado park this weekend to remember 13 year-old Dylan Redwine. They held candles and shared stories, hugging Dylan’s mother, Elaine, and brother, Cory. The teen’s remains were discovered last week, bringing a tragic end to a bizarre case.
Dylan Redwine went missing while visiting his father, Mark Redwine, in Vallecito, Colorado. Mark says he last saw Dylan on Nov. 19 at 7:30 a.m., before he left to run errands. When he returned, Dylan was gone. Mark then began searching for his son, reporting him missing around 4:30 p.m.
Despite an enormous search effort, the case went cold until last week, when Dylan’s bones were found in Middle Mountain, Colorado, about 10 miles from Mark Redwine’s home. The La Plata County Sheriff's Department has not named any suspects, but says they are treating Dylan’s death as a criminal investigation.
Elaine Redwine told reporters early on that she thought her ex-husband might be involved. The family appeared on the Dr. Phil show in February, and Cory Redwine expressed that he believed his father was responsible. “I do believe Mark took Dylan,” Cory said. No arrests have ever been made in the case.
"The fact that his bones were spread. The fact that wildlife got to him. Whoever did this is just a monster,” Elaine Redwine told KUSA on Sunday. “To not do something proper, he deserved so much more than to just have his remains eaten by wildlife."
In response to Elaine’s accusations, Mark Redwine said “I think that we both want the same things. The difference is that I want the truth and she just wants me.”
“For her to focus just on me is an injustice to my son. She wants everybody to believe I hated her, but I’ve never hated anybody in my life,” Mark said. “If there’s any hate it’s in Elaine, not in me.”
Cory Redwine told the Durango Herald that his family was sad but grateful Dylan’s body had been found. “It’s sad to finally hear that he’s no longer with us, but it’s better than not knowing, wondering every single second of every single day.”
Mark Redwine said today that he had visited the mountain where Dylan’s remains were found and felt peace for the first time in a long time. “I’m spending time with family and remembering Dylan,” Mark said. “I just want the truth.”