Posted at: 06/27/2013 6:19 PM
Updated at: 08/19/2015 3:45 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Investigators have confirmed they’ve found the remains of 13-year-old Dylan Redwine. He disappeared in November while visiting his father on a court-ordered visit in Vallecito, Colorado. For months, family and friends had been searching for Dylan. Thursday, they got the news they’d been dreading.
“You don't really ever have the opportunity to prepare yourself,” Dylan’s father Mark Redwine said. “Obviously I thought I needed to be prepared for something like this, that it was in the realm of possibility that's why I was being called in.”
Investigators found Dylan’s remains this week along Middle Mountain Road near Vallecito Lake. Mark says deputies warned him before showing photos of what they found. In the pictures, Dylan’s body appeared mangled and torn apart by wild animals. Officials are still determining cause of death, but Dylan’s father says right now, he hopes people will focus on the loving boy his son was.
"For the loving, caring peacemaker that he was,” Mark Redwine said. “I know that it was difficult for his mom and I to go through such a bitter divorce and I did everything I could to keep him out of the middle of it. He struggled with that and I'm not sure he felt he could talk to either of his parents about that and that's what's also hard."
Redwine’s father says now, he’s trying to find a way to reach out to Dylan’s mom Elaine, so they can plan a proper burial. Sheriff’s deputies say they are still working the case as a criminal investigation.