DURANGO, Colorado — The father of a 13-year-old boy who went missing in 2012 and whose remains were found seven months later in southwestern Colorado was named Wednesday as a person of interest in the case.
Mark Redwine's behavior and inconsistent statements throughout the investigation into Dylan Redwine's death led to the designation, according to officials with the La Plata County Sheriff's Office. They did not elaborate, and Mark Redwine could not be located for comment.
The coroner's office had ruled the manner of death as undetermined. On Wednesday, the sheriff's office said it was reclassified as a homicide.
Dylan lived north of Colorado Springs with his mother but went to his father's home near Vallecito Reservoir northeast of Durango for a court-ordered visit in November 2012. Mark Redwine has said he returned home from doing errands to find his son gone.
Sheriff's office spokesman Dan Bender told The Denver Post in July that two searches in June near where the remains were found turned up items of interest. Another search of the area is planned in September.
Also on Wednesday, the sheriff's office said Dylan's mother, her other son and her husband were cleared of any involvement in the boy's disappearance and death.
"Today was a good day on our journey towards justice for Dylan," Elaine Redwine, the boy's mother, told KMGH-TV in Denver.