Dylan Redwine remains missing but the pressure many are under regarding his disappearance has hit critical mass. In fact, community members have erupted in protest and they're targeting the missing teen's father Mark Redwine, who has been publicly accused of being responsible for his disappearance by the lad's mother. Protesters targeted Mark's home on Saturday carrying signs that donned slogans -- some indirect, others quite blunt.
"You know. Start talking," one sign read. Another read, "Where is Dylan?" About two dozen people rallied in front of Mark's home with these signs, and media reports are focusing on one that says, "Tell what you know."
So do you think Mark Redwine is keeping secrets? Does he know something that he hasn't told investigators? Is Dylan's disappearance a cover up? It's been long established that Elaine Redwine believes as much. She has been publicly critical of Mark Redwine since day-one of Dylan's disappearance -- and that definitely has something to do with why people are protesting the man's home. You see, she was among the protesters.
Mark Redwine claims that he hasn't been very active in the searches for Dylan because the family doesn't invite him and he only stays in touch with his former wife via text message. No offense, but this does sound like a cop out. Maybe it doesn't necessarily mean he is hiding something -- contrary to what others might believe. He could just honestly not know what to do or how to take initiative. Granted, someone with proper parenting instincts would just do it.
The fact of the matter is simple: Dylan Redwine vanished on his father's watch. Whether or not there are elements to this case that the public aren't aware of, it was Mark Redwine who had responsibility over the boy when he disappeared. If Mark is telling the truth and he has nothing to do with his son's disappearance, he needs to grow a pair and get out there and coordinate his own searches, not sitting silently while media coverage of his son's case dwindles. Until he does show some kind of initiative in locating the boy, the public will likely continue to suspect him and these protests might not end.
It really doesn't help that Elaine Redwine was among those who protested at Mark's home. As the mother of the missing boy, she has every right to her suspicions, and who knows? She might be right. It's hard to turn your back on a mother's intuition. However, what she is doing is inciting and rallying further suspicion against Mark Redwine even after investigative officials have long acknowledged that he is not a suspect and is being cooperative in the case. If Elaine Redwine is wrong in her suspicions against her former husband, then what she is doing is reprehensible and completely unfair.
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Chelsea Hoffman is a candidly opinionated crime analyst with a lifelong interest in criminology and activism. She also owns 'Girl Nerdology' and is the author of several fiction stories. Follow her on Twitter @TheRealChelseaH or email her privately through Chelsea Hoffman: Case to Case.