The La Plata County Sheriff's office announced on Thursday that the remains of 13-year-old Dylan Redwine, a Colorado boy who went missing last November, have been found after an extensive five-day search of a forest service road on Middle Mountain near the town of Vallecito, Colo.
A variety of items were found during the five-day search conducted of USFS Middle Mountain Road, including bones, and were positively identified as Redwine's Sheriff's Department spokesman Dan Bender said on Thursday.
The remains were found about 8 to 10 miles from the home of Mark Redwine, Dylan's father. Additional details about the items found were not released.
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 12-mile search of Middle Mountain Road and logged in over 1,600 man hours during the five-day-long search.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family at this difficult time,” Bender said. “We are pursuing this as a criminal investigation and not as an accident. All the family has been very cooperative, and continues to be."
No suspects or persons of interest have been named.
"The parents are obviously devastated. It's not the kind of news we were hoping to give them. We were hoping to find him alive," Durango police Lt. Ray Shupe said to the Associated Press. "Our hearts are broken that this is the end result."
7News 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 had melted in the area.
Earlier Thursday, Dylan's parents Mark and Elaine Redwine were asked to go to Durango to discuss the latest developments with investigators, according to KDVR.
In February, the parents appeared on the "Dr. Phil" show and accused each other for being responsible for the disappearance of their son.
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.