The bracelets read “Hope for Dylan Redwine” and for seven months his family and friends held on to hope that he would come home.
On June 27 the family was notified that the teen had been found but it wasn't the ending they were hoping for. After investigators conducted a search of Middle Mountain Road near Vallecito Lake the La Plata County Sheriff's Office received news back from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation that human remains found during that search were that of Dylan.
Now instead of searching for him investigators are now focusing on what happened to him.
“We have no new breaks in the case. We have not labeled anyone as a suspect,” Dan Bender, public information officer for the La Plata County Sheriff's Office, said.
Dylan Redwine went missing Nov. 19, the day after arriving in Vallecito to spend Thanksgiving with his father during a court ordered visit. Dylan was 13-years-old at the time and was an eighth grader at Lewis-Palmer Middle School. Dylan and his mom had moved to the Monument area from Bayfield a few months before. Dylan's father, Mark Redwine, said he left his home to run errands that morning and when he returned Dylan was gone.
During an interview with The Tribune in February Elaine Redwine, Dylan's mom, said she had “hope that Dylan will come home safe.” Her thoughts were consumed with bringing Dylan home safe and wondering what happened to him. Elaine Redwine had to eventual return to her job but made the six hour drive to Durango every weekend to search for her son.
The search of Middle Mountain Road was not based on any recent tips or new information.
“The search of Middle Mountain Road was one of a series of searches since the snow melted. It's an area we have searched in the past and we always intended to go back there,” Bender said.
The La Plata County Sheriff's Office along with several other agencies had been searching the area around Vallecito Lake since Dylan disappeared and had to wait for the snow to melt to go back into some areas.
According to the Durango Herald Mark Redwine met with investigators and was taken up to Middle Mountain Road where Dylan's remains were found.
“It was horrific. It was unimaginable. No parent should go up there in a situation like this,” Mark Redwine told the reporter.
In that February interview with The Tribune Elaine Redwine said she believed that her ex-husband knew more than he was telling. The two appeared together on the Dr. Phil show in February and accused each other of having something to do with Dylan's disappearance.
Since it is an ongoing investigation the La Plata County Sheriff's Office won't release any more details in the case.
Now that the search is over the family will now concentrate on bringing whoever is responsible to justice.
In a separate interview with the Durango Herald, Dylan's older brother Cory Redwine said, “It's sad to hear he's no longer with us, but it's better than not knowing, wondering every single second of every single day. It's nice to have closure. We found Dylan. That doesn't really mean all that much if we can't find justice and bring peace for him.”
The Tribune attempted to contact Elaine Redwine for this story but did not hear back by the time of deadline.
A candlelight vigil took place on July 27 in Bayfield. Hundreds turned out for the memorial. No word on whether or not there will be one held in Monument.