The Redwine family learned the sad news Thursday morning – bones found in the area of Middle Mountain near Vallecito Lake had been positively identified as Dylan Redwine.
Officials say that now that the search is over their focus is on catching the killer.
The teen's brother, Cory Redwine, told KRQE News 13 that he is trying to cope with the news that his younger brother is really gone.
"Obviously, throughout this whole thing we were hoping we would get news we'd be able to see him, but the reality is that he's not with us," Cory Redwine said.
Search parties have been searching for Dylan Redwine since November when he vanished while on a court-ordered visit to his father, Mark Redwine's, home in Vallecito northeast of Durango.
A five-day search of the remote area of Middle Mountain – about five miles from Mark Redwine's home – led to the discovery. The area had been searched before but several factors prevented crews from covering the terrain thoroughly.
"We didn't search it as thoroughly as we wanted to because of the rugged terrain. It goes from 8,000 to 11,000 feet altitude. It has sheer cliffs. Miles long drainages heavy timber a lot of undergrowth," Dan Bender with the La Plata County Sheriff's Office said.
The area had also been covered with snow when it was previously searched.
Last week, Cory Redwine and his mother, Elaine Redwine, came to Durango from their home in Colorado Springs for the extensive five day search. Cory Redwine told News 13 that at the same time – his father went out of town.
"We started the search on Saturday and two days before he went on 'conquest for Dylan' as he says to go to lower 48 states to go spread the word about Dylan," Cory Redwine said.
Throughout the search, Cory Redwine and his mother have pointed to Mark Redwine as a suspect. Cory Redwine said he thinks his father may have left town on purpose just before crews launched the latest search.
Mark Redwine did not return calls made by KRQE News 13 Thursday.
The sheriff's office has never named Mark Redwine as a suspect although they have questioned him and searched his home and truck.
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