BAYFIELD – Dylan Redwine’s older brother, Cory Redwine, said Thursday he is sad to learn of his brother’s fate, but glad to close this chapter in what has been a seven-month search for Dylan.
“It’s sad to finally hear that he’s no longer with us, but it’s better than not knowing, wondering every single second of every single day,” Cory said. “It’s nice to have closure.”
Dylan enjoyed playing football, camping, hiking and even arguing with his brother, Cory said. He made people smile.
“He was such an absolute joy,” Cory said. “Every memory I have with him is a highlight of my life.”
Cory has publicly accused his father, Mark Redwine, of being involved in Dylan’s disappearance.
On Thursday, Cory said he still suspects his father’s involvement, but he wanted to focus on Dylan.
“This story, this case, is far from being over,” he said. “Today, it’s Dylan’s day.”
Mark Redwine did not return phone calls seeking comment.
Cory and his mother, Elaine Redwine, participated in the search Saturday and Sunday above Vallecito Reservoir. They were not a part of the team that found “huge articles of interest” on Sunday, Cory said.
Elaine Redwine is staying in Vallecito, he said.
“She’s really upset that her baby is gone,” Cory said.
Cory thanked the community for all of its attention and volunteer hours that went into searching for his brother. Finding Dylan is an accomplishment to be shared by all, he said.
“He was a huge part of my life and a huge part of this community,” he said.
Law-enforcement officials said Dylan was either kidnapped or someone harmed him. They do not believe he was a runaway.
They have not identified Mark Redwine as a suspect. Cory said the next chapter involves finding whomever was responsible.
“We found Dylan,” he said. “That doesn’t really mean all that much if we can’t find justice and bring peace for him.”
Cory said he feels “angry” about his little brother’s early demise.
“It should have never happened,” he said. “I love and miss him to a whole other level. I always thought love was a strong word, but now it touches me.
“I know he’s happy that we found him.”