The La Plata County Sheriff's Department announced Wednesday that investigators have found several items during a five-day search conducted of Middle Mountain near Vallecito, Colo. which may be tied to the 2012 disappearance of then 13-year-old Dylan Redwine.
The Denver Post reports that the items were found along a 12 mile stretch of Middle Mountain USFS Road, but authorities said that the latest searches were not the result of new information, rather they were follow up searches now that the snow has melted in the area.
"This is an on-going investigation and the Sheriff’s Office will not comment on the type of items found, nor their condition," 7News reported the sheriff's office said.
The found items are not necessarily linked to the Redwine case -- further investigation, interviews and lab testing will determine if any of the items are pertinent to the investigation. Officials declined to detail the types of items found or their condition.
Dylan's parents Mark and Elaine Redwine have been asked to go to Durango to discuss the latest developments with investigators, according to KDVR.
The Middle Mountain area is north of Vallecito Lake, rugged with dense forests, very steep drainages and deep canyons. The area searched ranged in altitude from 8,000 to 11,000 feet. About 45 law enforcement, search and rescue personnel participated in the search and logged in over 1,600 man hours during the five-day-long search.
Dylan Redwine's father Mark picked up his son at the Durango-La Plata County Airport on Nov. 18, 2012 for a court-ordered Thanksgiving visit. His mother Elaine said that Dylan announced his arrival at the airport with a text message, the Associated Press reported. The next day, the boy's mother reported Dylan missing to La Plata County Sheriff's Office.
Anyone with information related to the disappearance of Dylan Redwine are being asked to contact La Plata County Sheriff's Office at 970-382-7015 (Investigator Dan Patterson's number), 970-382-7045 (Investigator Tom Cowing's number) or 970-382-7511, the general tip line, where tips can be left on an answer machine that is checked regularly by investigators. Information can also be left with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE LOST (1-800-843-5678).
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