By NBC News staff
Authorities are searching for a 13-year-old boy who disappeared from his father’s home during a court-ordered visitation over Thanksgiving in southwestern Colorado.
Dylan Redwine was reported missing Monday by his father, Mark, who said he left the house in Vallecito, La Plata County about 7:30 a.m. and returned a few hours later to find his son gone, NBC station KUSA of Denver reported on its website.
Dan Bender, La Plata County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, said authorities had “few clues to work from. We have to consider everything from foul play to a runaway.”
A person reported seeing Dylan walking along a county road in Vallecito, about 20 miles northeast of Durango, on Monday afternoon before it was known he was missing, KUSA reported.
He was described as 5 feet tall, 105 pounds, blond hair, blue eyes with a fair complexion. He was last seen wearing a blue and white Duke Blue Devils baseball cap, a black Nike T-shirt, black basketball shorts, black Jordan tennis shoes and a black backpack.
Dylan, his mother and his brother had moved to Colorado Springs this summer, KUSA reported. Dylan had gone to his father’s house Dec. 18 on the court-ordered visit.
“Dylan’s entire family and many friends are clearly heartbroken over his disappearance and are very passionately trying to share information about his whereabouts to assist authorities,” a statement released from a family spokesperson read. “The family continues to accept help from all possible individuals and organizations to find Dylan and bring him home.”
On Saturday, about 200 volunteers and law enforcement officials went door to door in the region and searched hills near Vallecito Lake, the Denver Post said.
Vallecito is more than 7,000 feet above sea level in the middle of rugged terrain. The weather in the area in the past few days has been clear and cool, with highs in the 50s and lows below freezing.
Anyone with information on Dylan’s whereabouts is asked to contact La Plata County Sheriff’s Office investigators at 970-382-7015 or 970-382-7045.
Please forward and lets help bring this boy home. I don’t understand why police only ring the alaram a week after the child has been missing, when the first 48 hours are the most crucial.