On Tuesday, the Dr. Phil Show aired the first of two segments featuring Elaine and Mark Redwine, the parents of 14-year-old Dylan Redwine, who went missing in November from his fathers home in Vallecito.
The interview marks the first time that the Redwines, who are divorced, have spoken to each other in three years.
Elaine Redwine said the whole purpose of her appearing on Dr. Phil was to talk to her ex-husband.
Mark said he agreed to appear in the hopes it would help efforts to find Dylan, and at one point attributed his erstwhile refusal to speak with Elaine to her inability to have a civil conversation with him.
Dylan was reported missing by his father on Nov. 19, 2012, less than a day after Dylan arrived in La Plata County for a court-ordered visitation during Thanksgiving.
In promoting the interview, Dr. Phils team did not dwell on the Redwines anguish as parents searching for their lost child. Instead, the program billed Dylans kidnapping as a national mystery and produced a promo titled Whos to Blame? showing Elaine and Mark trading bitter counter-accusations and Dr. Phil occasionally intervening to encourage the blood sport.
During the televised interview, Elaine repeatedly insisted that Mark had something to do with their sons disappearance, and Mark when he was not on the defensive stated his unsubstantiated but strong belief that his wife was involved.
I believe that his mom could have something to do with this, said Mark, before noting he had no evidence to corroborate this hunch. She was very quick from the beginning to start pointing fingers at me ... theres a possibility that she could be keeping him from me.
In one flurry of recrimination, Elaine told Mark, I know that I dont have Dylan. Where is Dylan? You were the last one to see him ... it was on your watch.
I didnt lose Dylan, Elaine, Mark said.
Then why is he gone?
Thats a question we all have to ask, he said.
No, you have to ask that question. You were the last one to see him. Where is he? she asked.
At the beginning of the program, Dr. Phil told Elaine that he wasnt going to do a hatchet job on her ex-husband.
When Mark later joined the interview, Dr. Phil told the Redwines that he assumed neither parents guilt or innocence in the disappearance of their son, but he did make informed decisions based on skilled observations ... Ive been doing this for 35 years.
Dr. Phil said he was accustomed to typical conduct and what is not, and turned to Mark, saying, I am curious about your interest in fighting with (Elaine) and blaming her, or finding your son. Since youve been out here, you havent said one word about finding your son.
Mark, who had been on stage for about three minutes, clarified that he was lost in the world without Dylan.
Dr. Phil is the highest-rated daytime television show. Tuesdays episode closed with Dr. Phil promising to share today the results of a second polygraph test undertaken by Mark to clear his name.
Dr. Phil promised this one would be conducted by the best in the world. Meanwhile, investigators are hoping that the media exposure will again rivet the publics attention on the case, which despite multiple searches of the area, the efforts of various law-enforcement agencies and a $50,000 reward has grown increasingly cold.
In an official statement, La Plata County Sheriffs Office spokesman Dan Bender wrote that the frustrating part is that we are not much farther along than where we were early on in the investigation because of the total lack of clues left behind.
In an interview, Bender said that while investigators from out of state have been helping the task force follow every tip, not one person had yet been identified as suspect or person of interest during the entire investigation.