Posted at: 06/27/2013 10:42 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4
In some ways, it’s a relief that Dylan Redwine’s family can finally find some closure. But in every other way it is heartbreaking and mysterious.
Investigators still don’t know how Dylan ended up dead along a mountain road just a few miles from his father’s home.
It never feels natural when a child dies, and in Dylan Redwine’s case there are so many questions to ask.
The La Plata County Sheriff told reporters a team of 45 law enforcement personnel spent five days in the mountains just north of Vallecito Lake.
"We found a variety of items, we sent some of them off to the Colorado Bureau of Investigations, they got back to us this morning," Sgt. Dan Bender of the La Plata County Sherif’s Office said.
Along a dirt road called Middle Mountain Road, searchers found human remains, tested them, then contacted Dylan’s parents to help identify them.
“They called me when I was in Indy Tuesday night and said they wanted me and Elaine to identify. I think that was their polite way of notifying the family first,” Mark Redwine, Dylan’s father, said.
The remains had been there for the seven months, and Mark Redwine tells us his son’s body was in a terrible state.
“All they know is that he was for a lack of better terms, mangled by wild animals. Geographically, Middle Mountain is basically directly across the street from my house,” Mark said. “So it wouldn't take long to walk out the front door and be... It was right below the road there.”
Dylan’s case is now a homicide investigation, and the sheriff’s department is keeping details tight lipped.
While many in Durango have their suspicions, no one has been charged with a crime.