Nov 17, 2013 1:50 AM by Tony Spehar - firstname.lastname@example.org
One-year after 13-year-old Dylan Redwine, of Monument, first went missing in La Plata County vigils were held across Colorado to remember him and raise awareness of the unsolved case of his disappearance and death.
Hundreds, including Dylan's family, gathered for a memorial service on Saturday morning in Bayfield, where he went missing while visiting his father. In Monument, where he lived with his mother, dozens gathered in Limbach Park for a candlelight vigil on Saturday evening.
"He was an innocent child that needs his voice heard and we're here to be that voice for him," explained Alyssa Austin, who helped organize the vigil. "It has hit the town, it's hit everybody, all of his warriors, everybody on Facebook around the world, it's hit all of us."
Those attending the vigil were invited to join in prayer and write messages on remembrance on stones that will one day be part of a memorial.
"Just remembering a wonderful little boy and hoping that his life has touched as many as we believe it has," Austin said.
Indeed Dylan has touched many across the state, the massive search in La Plata County after he went missing held the focus of people across Colorado who hoped for his safe return. Those hopes were dashed in June when Dylan's remains were found on Middle Mountain.
One of those who didn't know Dylan, but felt the heartbreak of his story, was Lilly Gander. Gander drove from Lakewood to take part in Saturday's vigil in Monument.
"It was very heartbreaking and you just don't want to hear something like that, nobody does, nobody wants some tragedy for any child," Gander described.
Authorities believe Dylan may have been murdered, but so far the case remains unsolved.
"Even though we know that he's safe, that he's warm and comforted, it's still a matter of figuring out what did happen," stated Alyssa Austin.
Along with the prayers for comfort for the Redwine family were prayers for justice.
"No solution yet, but there still could be a solution and I'm hopeful for that," Lilly Gander said.
The reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for Dylan's disappearance and death has reached $50,000 according to organizers of Saturday's vigil in Monument. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the La Plata County Sheriff's Office.