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Thursday, November 29, 2012
By By STEVEN K. PAULSON
DENVER (AP) - Dylan Redwine went to visit his dad for Thanksgiving - not because he wanted to but because a court ordered it as part of his parents' divorce. Then the 13-year-old boy vanished.
More than a week later, police are searching Colorado reservoirs and neighborhoods but still don't know what happened to the boy.
Dylan's father picked him up on Nov. 18 at Durango-La Plata County Airport. The boy announced his arrival in Vallecito in a text message that ended with a scowling emoticon, said Elaine Redwine, his mother.
The next day, while his father ran an errand, he disappeared after setting off to meet friends in the secluded vacation spot high in the mountains near Durango.
Authorities don't believe Dylan ran away. They say he has a cellphone and has not contacted any of his friends in nearby Bayfield, where he previously went to school.
On Thursday, authorities served a search warrant at the father's home.
According to the Durango Herald (http://bit.ly/TwoGNN ), Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the FBI also set up tents and a trailer outside the house. Investigators wearing white scrub-like uniforms made trips in and out of the house and a travel trailer on Thursday.
La Plata County sheriff's spokesman Dan Bender said authorities are focusing on the possibility of foul play but hope that isn't the case.
At this point, they consider their effort to be a search, not a recovery mission, he said. Bender said it was only prudent to search the house and not an indication any suspects have been identified.
"We've been doing a potential criminal investigation, looking at abduction, kidnapping or foul play. We haven't closed out the possibility he has run away and we're still going door to door. We have an absence of clues. It's a mystery, that's what makes it so frustrating," he said.
Bender did not return a phone call from The Associated Press seeking details on the search warrant.
Elaine Redwine told ABC News that she fears Dylan's father, Mark Redwine, might have had a problem with the boy.
"If Dylan maybe did or said something that wasn't what Mark wanted to hear, I'm just afraid of how Mark would have reacted," she said.
Mark Redwine said he didn't want to respond to the fears of his ex-wife.
"I don't want to lash out," he told the Durango Herald.
Police have declined to comment on the suggestion.
The parents did not respond to requests for comment from the AP.
Bender said the parents divorced in 2007, and a court ordered Dylan to live with his mother while granting visitation rights for the father.
Bender refused to comment on the divorce or the suggestion by Elaine Redwine, but said, "If you're the parent of a child and haven't heard from him in several days, that would be difficult for anyone."
Lia Howard, the sister of Elaine Redwine, said the family has told authorities Dylan didn't run away. She also said Dylan wanted to spend Thanksgiving with family members in Castle Rock and was disappointed he had to go to see his father.
Elaine's boyfriend, Mike Hall, who lives with the mother in Colorado Springs, declined to speculate on what might have happened to Dylan.
"I just hope we can get him back," Hall said. "We're very grateful for the support of everyone that's trying to help in that community."
Authorities, including the FBI and Colorado State Police, are using satellites to map neighborhoods and asking the public for any video footage that includes vehicles traveling on main routes between Durango and Vallecito Lake around the time Dylan went missing.
Little has been revealed about the results of the search. A few days ago, there was a spark of hope after part of a fishing pole was found on a dam, prompting a two-day search of the area that turned up empty.
Investigators determined the discovery had no connection to the case after they located the owner of the broken pole.
The missing boy is 5 feet tall, weighs 105 pounds and has blond hair, blue eyes and fair complexion. He was last seen wearing a blue-and-white Duke Blue Devils baseball cap, black Nike T-shirt and black Jordan tennis shoes.
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...everybody be watching for this 13 year old boy and keep him and his family in your prayers for a speedy & safe return!!!
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Summer reading programs have proven to be helpful in reducing “summer slide” or learning loss. Fortunately, FREE summer reading programs are readily available from public libraries, bookstores and retailers across the country. Start with your local public library and independent bookstores. Then check out these reading programs for summer 2012. None will cost you a dime and most offer prizes for kids who complete the programs.
- PBS Kids Summer Reading Community Challenge. Sign up for a six-week program and receive a daily email with reading activities, challenges, book suggestions and chance to win prizes.
- BookIt Summer Break Challenge. The familiar school-year reading program from Pizza Hut has a summer counterpart. Kids who were in grades K-6 last year read five books this summer to be eligible to enter a sweepstakes for a Diary of a Wimpy Kid prize package. The prize package includes a tote bag, two Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, a “Greg” plush doll and a $20 Visa Gift Card. Entries must be received by August 15, 2012.
- Barnes & Noble Summer Reading. Kids read any eight books and record them in their reading journals. Bring the completed form to a local Barnes and Noble and get a free book.
- DOD Summer Reading Program. Children of military families can participate in the Department of Defense summer reading program at bases and military installations worldwide. The theme for 2012 is “Reading Is So Delicious.” Activities will vary depending on location.
- Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge. For children under 10 years of age. Download an Early Reader or Award-Winning reading list at the Pottery Barn Kids website or pick one up at the store. When your child reads all of the books on the list, bring the completed list to a Pottery Barn store before August 31, 2012 and redeem it for a free book.
- H.E.B Supermarkets H.E. Buddy 2012 Summer Reading Club. Kids will get a free HEB Buddy T-shirt from this Texas supermarket chain when they read 10 books and mail in a completed reading form postmarked by October 1, 2012.
- National Amusements Bookworm Wednesdays. Kids get free admission to a select children’s film on Wednesdays at a participating Cinema de Lux, Showcase, or Multiplex when children bring in a book report. (Parents of participants get free admission too.) Children under 6 years old can get in free without a book report. National Amusements has theaters in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Rhode Island.
- Scholastic “Read for the Record” Summer Challenge. Kids log their reading minutes each day which are then added to their school’s cumulative minutes. The top 20 schools will receive recognition in the 2012 Scholastic Book of World Records. When kids log their weekly allotment, they get to spin the “prize wheel.”
- Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards. Print the Reading Rewards Calendar so kids can record their reading every day for two weeks. Redeem the completed calendar at Chuck E. Cheese for 10 free tokens. A food purchase is required.
- Book Adventure by Sylvan Learning. Kids in grades K-8 can earn prizes by reading books and then taking quizzes to accumulate points. One of the nicer features of this site is the Book Finder, because it offers suggestions for books based on grade level, level of difficulty, and interest. You still have to find the books. Alternatively, you can look up a book your child has already chosen to see if there is a quiz available for it. There are almost 8,000 books in the database.
More free reading resources
These aren’t reading programs, but they are great free reading resources for kids:
- Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Parents of children under the age of five who live in eligible zip codes can sign up to receive a free, high-quality book each month.
- Free Sesame Street eBooks. Bright, colorful online versions of books featuring kids’ favorite Sesame Street characters.
- Barnes and Noble Free Online Storytime. A great selection of entertaining children’s books read by authors and celebrities. Barnes and Noble also has a kids’ club that offers discounts and rewards.
- Storyline Online. Members of the Screen Actors Guild read popular children’s books.
- FREE Scholastic Reading Timer App. Available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android devices, the app features an interactive reading stopwatch to time reading minutes and a personal profile for each child that shows total minutes he or she has read. Book lists for kids ages 3-12 with suggestions for different kinds of readers are also included.