Scam artist tries to collect on Redwine case

Crime Stoppers offers $6K reward

Dylan Redwine Enlarge photo

Dylan Redwine

New developments in the search for missing 13-year-old Dylan Redwine, which is beginning its fourth week, included a scam artist demanding ransom and an anonymous donor offering a reward for information through Crime Stoppers.

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday that a subject has been attempting to perpetrate a scam on Facebook regarding the search.

“He identifies himself as ‘Abass Gadafi,’ a new resident of the Bayfield area,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. “He claims to be the ‘boss of a kidnapper gang’ and claims to be holding Dylan Redwine captive and wants $1,000 to provide a photo of Dylan, and then he expects another $4,000 in order to release Dylan.”

The money is to be sent to an address in the United Kingdom through Western Union.

“This is a scam,” Capt. Jim Ezzell with the Sheriff’s Office said. “Do not send any money.”

Anyone who has been contacted in this scam is asked to call central dispatch at 385-2900.

The organizers of the Facebook page Find Missing Dylan Redwine have also posted warnings about the scam.

The only bona fide place for people to donate to help with search costs is the Find Dylan Redwine account at Wells Fargo Bank or at the dinner and silent auction taking place from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Pine Valley Foursquare Church, 1328 County Road 501 in Bayfield.

Also on Monday, Crime Stoppers said it will issue a $6,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the 13-year-old. The reward includes $5,000 contributed by an anonymous donor and $1,000 from the Crime Stoppers organization.

The investigation is continuing with dozens of investigators on the Dylan Redwine Task Force, the news release said.

“The volume of tips received on the tip line is keeping several investigators, both locally and out of the area, busy,” the news release said. “Tips have come in from across the U.S. and are continuing to come in. The tips include information relative to theories, items, locations and persons.”

The items discovered during the search that drew hundreds of volunteers Saturday are also being analyzed for their value to the investigation.

The task force is still requesting any recreational video footage or photographs that include vehicles traveling any routes between Vallecito Reservoir and Durango from 6 p.m. Nov. 18 to noon Nov. 19.

abutler@durangoherald.com