The reward for information that solves the disappearance of Dylan Redwine, 13, who dropped out of sight Nov. 19 while visiting his father in Vallecito, was increased Wednesday to $30,450.
“There was a single, $10,000 private donation out of Denver,” said Denise Hess, an Ignacio resident and family friend who has led the community effort to find Dylan.
“When I deposited the money today, I learned that the bank had received $450 for the account,” Hess said.
The new contributions boost the reward from $20,000, a level reached Dec. 26.
Online auctions, donations and fundraisers swell the reward. Durango-La Plata Crime Stoppers, which administers the reward money, contributed $1,000. The rest has been raised by the committee.
A separate fund at Wells Fargo Bank contains about $2,000 from donations and the sale of bracelets and ribbons, which aim to keep Dylan’s case in the public eye.
Dylan arrived the evening of Nov. 18 in Durango from Colorado Springs on a court-ordered visit with his father, Mark Redwine. Redwine and Dylan’s mother, Elaine Redwine, divorced in 2007.
Dylan, who went to school in Bayfield until his mother moved to Colorado Springs in summer 2012, was scheduled to meet former schoolmates early the next day. He didn’t show.
Mark Redwine told investigators that Dylan was sleeping when he left the house about 7:30 a.m. Nov. 19 to run errands. Dylan was not home when he returned, Redwine said.
La Plata County Sheriff’s investigators, supported by the FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, conducted land searches – including with dogs – and scanned Vallecito Reservoir with sonar looking for leads. They also went door to door looking for someone who might have a tip.
The case attracted national attention, including two segments on the Headline News show of Nancy Grace and the interview of Elaine Redwine on “Good Morning America.”
Hess organized search parties that numbered a couple of hundred at one time.
No solid leads apparently have been found. Leads have fallen from several dozen a day to an average of two to three a day, a La Plata County Sheriff’s Office news release said Saturday.
Hess said every bit of money received by the Dylan Redwine Fund has gone to increase the reward. The reward could go for a lead resulting in an arrest or information leading to Dylan’s whereabouts.