Dylan Redwine's Cause Of Death: Coroner's Grim Conclusion Complicates Murder Investigation; Does Slain Boy's Father Know The Truth? [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter July 3, 2013 5:33 PM EDT
Dylan Redwine's cause of death is still unknown. Colorado police, however, are treating the 13-year-old's disappearance as a murder investigation. (Photo: Facebook)
Dylan Redwine's cause of death is still unknown. Colorado police, however, are treating the 13-year-old's disappearance as a murder investigation. (Photo: Facebook)

The investigation into Dylan Redwine's cause of death continues. Dylan, who was last seen at his father's Colorodo home last November, has been missing for the past eight months. The 13-year-old boy's remains were recently found.

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Dylan Redwine, whose alleged murder case has become a national mystery, disappeared during a court-ordered visit to his father's home last Thanksgiving. After arriving at Durango-La Plata County Airport on Nov. 18, 2012, Dylan Redwine proceeded to his father's house in Vallecito. The next day, after running some errands (or so he claims), Mark Redwine returned home to find his son missing. He subsequently called Dylan's mother, Elaine Redwine, to see if she had heard from him. Elaine Redwine responded by contacting the La Plata County Sheriff's Office at 5:30 p.m. to report her son's disappearance from Mark Redwine's southwest Colorado home.

Following Dylan Redwine's disappearance an intensive search commenced. Due to the challenges of winter, however, law enforcement officers were able to make little headway. Until now. According to new reports at the end of last month, Dylan Redwine's remains were finally uncovered along a stretch of Middle Mountain Road, less than 10 miles from his father's house. Dylan Redwine's bones were found in a drainage area, the sheriff's office confirmed, noting that the cause of Dylan's death was definitely not related to wild animals. In fact, a sheriff's spokesperson revealed, after finding the boy's bones, Dylan Redwine's disappearance will be classified as a murder case moving forward. "We have been working this and will continue to work this as a criminal investigation until we're able to resolve it," Dan Bender from the sheriff's office told CBS Denver, before adding, "This is an active homicide investigation." The sheriff's representative also stressed that based on their findings, southwest Colorado authorities believe that there was "no reason for Dylan to go to Middle Mountain and there is no indication that he did it on his own."

Although Dylan Redwine's cause of death remains, at this date, unknown, the public's suspicions have largely been directed at Dylan's father, Mark Redwine. Dylan's parents, who appeared on the Dr. Phil show this spring, have both accused each other on national television of involvement in their son's disappearance and subsequent murder. In 2005, Elaine Redwine was awarded a temporary restraining order against her ex-husband, whom she insisted posed a "credible threat" to the lives of both Dylan and his brother, Cory. Cory, who admitted to Dr. Phil that Mark Redwine had kidnapped him and his brother on two prior occasions, recently rallied support for a protest outside his father's Vallecito home. Despite the seemingly damning evidence against Mark Redwine, however, Dan Bender told that press that, when it comes to Dylan Redwine's murder, Colorado authorities "have not labeled anyone a suspect."

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