DURANGO, Colo. – Teams looking for a 13-year-old boy last seen in November during a visit with his father have found his remains in southwest Colorado, La Plata County sheriff's officials said Thursday.
Authorities said Wednesday that a five-day search for signs of Dylan Redwine ended with teams finding several undisclosed items. They said Thursday that some of the items included bones.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation told sheriff's officials Thursday that testing indicated the remains were Dylan's.
The boy lived in the Monument area with his mother, Elaine Redwine, but arrived in La Plata County on Nov. 18 for a court-ordered visit in Vallecito with his father, Mark Redwine. The father said he returned home from running errands Nov. 19 to find Dylan was gone.
About 45 officers spent five days searching a 12-mile stretch of Middle Mountain Road looking for clues in the case this week. The search had been planned as a follow-up after snow melted this spring.
The latest search was conducted in the deep canyons and dense forest of the Middle Mountain area, north of Vallecito Lake.
"The search area varies from hundreds of feet off the road to five feet off the road you have cliffs," sheriff's spokesman Dan Bender told the Durango Herald.
The case drew national attention, including an appearance by the parents on the "Dr. Phil" show. During the show, Elaine Redwine and Mark Redwine each accused the other of responsibility for their son's disappearance.
Bender said investigators earlier spent five days building a dam in a fruitless attempt to search the reservoir, and searches have occurred weekly since the snow melted.