So the truck was pressure washed, and cleaned, but the tire wells were still dirty. Assuming that there is foul play, and another person is suspected to have driven the truck to and / or from Dylan’s trailer, shouldn’t there also be another set of footprints around the truck as well as tire tracks from a getaway vehicle driving through the desert? Fingerprints on a pressure washer? Also if Dylan himself was hidden or is in a second location, why not just dispose of the boots in a place where they won’t be found? If the car cleaned, why not clean or burn boots to hide evidence? The fact that he always wears the same pair of boots, and doesn’t wear anything else since he was a child, per mom, doesn’t seem like something a stranger would know to leave behind boots as a decoy or whatnot. The boots, the isolation of the trailer, and the fact that his car wasn’t stolen, but pressure washed and left behind, doesn’t make much sense to me unless it were someone who knew him well. Mom said friends don’t out to trailer- wonder if they’ve checked for fingerprints inside the trailer anyway, even if things look normal inside.
Excellent summary, thank you for this. The only thing that REALLY stands out here to me is the fact that the person who owns the bar that DR was last seen, who is very familiar with DR’s property and DR himself, was also the same person that made a phone call with false information. I am not pointing any fingers, all MOI but why would someone who cared enough to assist in a search also offer false information in said search? It definitely begs a lot of questionsBringing the timeline to the new thread.
May 25, 2022
- DR has an argument with Don, a family friend who works on the farm and they decide to part ways.
May 26, 2022 [Last known sighting]
- DR calls family members about ‘weird run-in’: a man, CV, is walking barefooted down the road and acting erratically. The man asks to use DR’s phone and for a ride. DR thinks the man may be dangerous/high. [He tells his mom he DID NOT give a ride, but his mom later states that CV himself admitted DR gave him a ride, changing story and possibly unreliable] [CV is in a nearby county jail for unrelated charges, booked June 4, 2022]
May 28, 2022 [Last heard from]
- Visits Montello, NV.
- DR gets groceries at Montello Gas & Grocery. [confirmed by LE and bank statements].
- DR has lunch at Saddle Sore Bar-Cafe. [confirmed by phone and bank records]
- DR calls each parent on the phone and talks about his upcoming farming plans. Dad mentions spotty service. [confirmed by phone records]
May 29, 2022
- Presumably in Lucin, UT.
- 6.51am: DR calls grandmother to talk, but hangs up early as he needs to cover his seed truck for the upcoming rain. [confirmed by phone pings to be at the farm at this time]
- There is heavy rain during day.
- 3.41pm: DR’s phone gives off its last confirmed ping, covering a 15.4 mile radius which includes DR’s farm.
- 10pm: Erratic man seen 200 miles away.
May 30, 2022 [Reported missing]
- DR’s grandma calls Don, to checks on DR, but Don cannot find him.
- The man that DR gave a ride to and that was acting erratically, is spotted in town. [presumably in Montello, NV, but unconfirmed and presumably unrelated.]
May 31, 2022
- Don and Jim (another farm hand) can’t find DR and call DR’s grandma, who calls J.D. (his best friend) to ask if J.D. has seen DR.
- ±11am: Mom recieves a phone call from J.D. if she has seen DR, which she hasn’t. Mom calls around, but nobody has seen DR.
- ±4pm: Mom and DR’s dad travel to Lucin, UT, from ID and file a missing persons report.
- ±5pm: Police arrive at DR’s property in Lucin.
- DR’s residence/trailer is searched: himself, his phone, wallet, car fob/keys and 0.40 pistol are missing. His trailer is not ‘ransacked’. DR’s truck, a maroon Ford, is found locked and parked near the trailer. It has been recently cleaned on the outside, in the back tires and the inside bed. The seat is pushed forward and 4WD switched on, despite having been inoperable. DR’s dad breaks the truck back window. [this is allowed by LE present]
- ±6pm: DR’s boots are found 100 yds from the ‘shop’, where his grain truck is stored.
Jun 2, 2022
- A fake call is made to DR’s mom and grandma that DR is being held hostage in Montello, NV, by an older gentleman. The call is made by Kurt, a former farm hand with DR and owner of the Saddle Sore Bar, who helped search during the day. [as told by the mom]
Jun 6, 2022
- Family is told there was a spot of blood found on the boots found on May 30th.
Jun 13, 2022
- DR’s boots, previously held by police, are finally sent to the labaratory.
- DR’s brother Colton and best friend J.D. are called in for DNA testing. [presumably routine]
Jun 14, 2022
- Equusearch Midwest, a horse-mounted volunteer organization, joins the search.
Jun 15, 2022
- DR’s pickup truck is taken in by Bonneville County, ID.
Jun 17, 2022
- Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office (Lucin, UT) releases a statement labeling DR’s case as a “Missing Person/Criminal Investigation” for the first time.
- FBI and Rigby, ID police (DR’s hometown) join the search.
Jun 18, 2022
- Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office (Lucin, UT) names the case as a criminal investigation.
Jun 18, 2022 – Jun 19, 2022
- DR’s 2 trailers/camper homes are taken into police custody.
Jun 20, 2022
- No public/volunteer searches are held to allow LE and Equusearch to search.
May 30, 2022 — Ongoing
- A PI hired by DR’s family to assist is fired because of his weird and disrespectful behaviour, the family citing a “difference of opinion” in a press release.
- Daily searches, both by LE, family, volunteers and search organizations.
- Family, especially mom, interviews with the media.
Dylan's mother said that he never washed the truck. IMO the truck was washed after he was taken away and was not moved after being washed. If Dylan was surprised when washing the truck, how does that explain his boots five miles away on the farm in the opposite direction from town? What type of visitor would go there? Regarding the hostage hoax, IMO the person really believed there was a hostage situation. If they made made it up they'd know that the distraction wouldn't work.Mothers are frequently the staunchest advocates for missing people. They are also emotionally involved with the cases and protective of their children. I do not expect complete objectivity from them. Unfortunately, when a parent is the primary source of public information, it leaves the public with an incomplete picture of the missing person.
Most farmers I know have some advanced education. The business of farming requires knowledge of futures, options, finance and the tax code. Hopefully someone was helping DR with this. Possibly the rumored "older man" was acting as a mentor of some sort with this.
The partially cleaned truck makes me wonder if he was somehow interrupted while cleaning the vehicle himself, possibly preparing to go on a date or some sort. The front seat may have been moved up to clean the back seat area. Although that wouldn't explain why the truck was a 4WD mode, that may have been accidentally engaged while moving the seats. He may have locked the truck and gone with the mystery person.
The hostage hoax leaves two possibilities:
1) He really was detained by an older man for completely unknown reasons
or 2) This was a diversion to buy time to dispose of evidence elsewhere.
My gut feeling is that LE likely knows, or strongly suspects, what has happened but needs more evidence to make an arrest. Possibly they need evidence that criminal activity has occurred. I doubt he left the bar/restaurant quietly without interacting with anyone. As no-one from the bar appears to have come forward for 15 minutes of internet fame, I suspect LE has asked them to remain quiet.
I am frequently amazed when cases like this are actually solved that LE has known almost from the beginning what actually happened.
I think if IIRC in one of the recent interviews with CC she said something to the effect that when she’d been first informed no one had heard from Dylan, she asked (? I might not have this exactly right) if Don could check on Dylan because she lives about 2 hours away. He and Dylan parted ways employment-wise amicably, mutually agreed upon, so I think she was just reaching out to people nearby who might check on him faster than she could either get there or perhaps still not thinking anything was seriously wrong, just wondered if Don could pop over to see if Dylan was around the farm.I am trying to follow, but have been working. Can someone explain why the fired farmhand would still be on the farm and one of the first people looking for DR?
Excellent summary, thank you for this. The only thing that REALLY stands out here to me is the fact that the person who owns the bar that DR was last seen, who is very familiar with DR’s property and DR himself, was also the same person that made a phone call with false information. I am not pointing any fingers, all MOI but why would someone who cared enough to assist in a search also offer false information in said search? It definitely begs a lot of questions
His mother said in one interview that he put money he earned (working for other farmers) in a bank, so it's unlikely that he had big sums of cash lying around. If the perp(s) didn't know that and money was the motive, they would have ransacked his place while looking for it.There has to be a motive. What? Nothing points to DR being an aggressor. I just don’t see that. I think it will be someone well known to him. Somebody that had time and felt the need to cover their tracks. Nothing of value, that we know of was taken. What if he had a cash stash that somebody else knew about? I suppose his family would know but I haven’t seen it mentioned, so I might be off base. Are there banks nearby? This seems more likely to me than a lover’s quarrel or a kidnapping. Only speculation here.