Dylan Redwine investigation: Justice for DYLAN page doesn't want Facebook fight
Update: As the search continues for the person or persons responsible for the death of Dylan Redwine, a thirteen year old missing since November whose remains were found in southwestern Colorado last week (see our previous coverage below), the boy's friends and loved ones continue to communicate via Facebook pages devoted to justice. But which of these pages is most legitimate? The administrator of the one affiliated with Dylan's mom rejects the suggestion of a Facebook rivalry even as she remains convinced that the person behind the first Justice page to launch isn't who she says she is.
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As we've reported, the Justice for Dylan Redwine page went live shortly after the La Plata County Sheriff's Office revealed that bones found during a search of the Middle Mountain Road near Vallecito Lake had been positively identified as Dylan, who'd been in the area visiting his father, Mark Redwine, for the Thanksgiving 2012 holiday.
Said to be participating in the project was Dylan's aunt, Lia Paredes Howard, but she subsequently repudiated the effort due to suspicion that the page's creator, who identified herself to Westword as out-of-state resident Becca Thompson, was actually Kimberly Kay Bowman of the Colorado Missing Children Foundation, Bowman had reportedly been asked by the family of Jessica Ridgeway, a ten-year-old Westminster girl allegedly kidnapped and murdered by teenager Austin Sigg, to stop selling items with her likeness on them. And this past December, the Redwine family demanded that she remove a Missing Dylan Redwine CMCF Facebook page.
The Justice for DYLAN Redwine page features many photos of candles burning in the teen's memory.
Thompson denies she is Bowman and insists she only wants to provide a forum for facts about the case less vituperative than those on Calling Mark Redwine, a page populated by items suggesting that Dylan's father is guilty of his murder. She adds that Calling Mark Redwine is affiliated with Justice for DYLAN Redwine, a page that appeared after hers.
Not true, maintains Diane Hess, administrator of the DYLAN page. She describes herself as the best friend of Elaine Redwine, Dylan's mom, whom she refers to as Lainie. "I watched Dylan grow up," she says through tears.
Hess stresses that even though she turned down Thompson's suggestion that the two Justice pages be merged, there's no fight between them. "We are not rivaling any page," she says. "Our page went up later because we were busy mourning the loss of our Dylan, but after speaking with Dylan's mother and the family, they wanted a page for that purpose -- for justice."
She notes that the original Facebook page devoted to the search for the boy, Find Missing Dylan Redwine, remains in place because Elaine wants to preserve the posts of mourning and condolence on it -- although its name could be changed in the near future. In the meantime, "we're going in a new direction -- looking for justice for Dylan. But we're not trying to engage that other page. The family wants a page run by someone they know and trust."
As for Thompson, Hess is "99.9 percent sure" she's actually Bowman. "She's done this repeatedly for the past seven months. She's created so many alternate Facebook pages under so many different names" -- including, says one source, "Kirk Vogel."
Early on, Hess says, Elaine and company tried to involve Bowman, "but she kept making decisions and doing things the family didn't like. That's what she does, and that's not the way Lainie wants it. Everything we do goes through Lanie. It's her son. And Kimberly Kay Bowman was creating events without checking with anyone, so we told her to stop -- and it got ugly."
Hess points for example to this recent post on the first Justice for Dylan Redwine page:
One thing that is odd in this, is that Denise Hess, Elaine Redwine's spokesperson, is referenced as saying that she received an e-mail from Kim Bowman about the merging of the two sites. I don't know how that could be true because it was me (Becca) who attempted to make contact with Denise Hess. For me, this calls into question anything that this woman says (Denise Hess/Katt Hawkins). How much other inaccurate information has she put in public view?Hess also notes that Thompson's personal Facebook page, which she provided to Westword as evidence of her identity, appears to be something of a placeholder. It features almost no content other than a post from twenty hours ago that reads, "Welcome to my profile, stalkers! Justice for Dylan!"
Obviously, Hess wants Justice for Dylan, too. But she's not ready to demand that the first Justice page be removed. "At this point, we really don't care if there are fifty Justice for Dylan pages out there, as long as they're not harming the family in any way, shape or form."
Continue for our previous coverage of Dylan Redwine, including photos and videos.