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Feb 6, 2013 11:07 PM by Andy Koen

Vigil and celebration held on missing teen's birthday

MONUMENT - There were balloons, birthday cake and prayers Wednesday night in Monument as friends and loved ones hold out hope that missing teenager Dylan Redwine will soon be found. Wednesday marked his 14th birthday.

Dylan's mom Elaine says prayer vigil was organized to try and keep her son's disappearance in the public eye. They hope it will help generate new leads for investigators who say the case has started to turn cold.

"Social media is really helping us get his information out there and his story out there," she said. "It's about that and about keeping his story alive and hoping that Dylan will come home soon."

The event was timed to coordinate with vigils in other towns in Colorado and New Mexico. The family released balloons with messages to Dylan and pointed flashlights into the night sky as a symbol of their hope.

Redwine disappeared after going to visit his father in Vallecito, Colorado for Thanksgiving vacation. Investigators executed a search warrant at Mark Redwine's home. The family has raised more that $50,000 in reward money for any tips that help locate Dylan.

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