A MAJOR update has been released in the search for a farmer who has been missing for over a month after a “strange encounter” with a man on a dirt road.
Dylan Rounds’ family last heard from the 19-year-old by phone on May 28 before he disappeared without a trace.
His family suspects someone else to be at fault, which the investigators do not rule out, since clues and a large-scale search have yielded no clues as to his whereabouts.
“If anyone is involved in Dylan’s disappearance, they need to know that we’re not going to disappear,” said Chief Deputy Cade Palmer of the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office.
“If that takes months, if it takes years, we’ll keep knocking on doors.”
To complete the mystery, Rounds’ boots were found by police yards from his grain truck in the opposite direction of his RV in Lucin, Utah.
There was a bloodstain on the boots, which his mother, Candice Cooley, thought was odd.
“At that point it should have been treated as a foul play,” she told NewsNation.
“In the desert you just don’t see the boots of someone who is missing.”
An FBI spokesman confirmed they are working with Box Elder County lawmakers on the investigation.
“We routinely offer our support and resources to our law enforcement partners,” spokeswoman Sandra Barker told East Idaho News.
Cooley said she’s grateful the agency is taking her son’s case, but has criticized local authorities, saying her support for the family hasn’t been the best.
“When Box Elder County came out, they came out on Monday, May 30,” she said, adding that investigators initially did a good job.
“But the next day when they came out and the sheriffs and everyone came out again, it was around 2, 3pm – they called it.
“They literally left our family in the desert to find out what happened,” she claimed.
In a statement, the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office said, “Box Elder County volunteer teams have put in over 300 hours of search work and traveled over 3,000 miles (not including the hours and miles traveling to and from the remote search areas).
“Detectives and deputies from the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office have also been searching around the clock weekdays and weekends. So far, detectives have spent over 650 hours investigating this case.
“These numbers continue to increase daily and do not include the time and resources expended assisting law enforcement and search teams.”
Meanwhile, Rounds’ parents are asking anyone with information to come forward.
“We need something,” Cooley said.
“We need a direction. Even if you don’t think it’s important, the smallest bit of something could help. Please tell us.”
Dylan was last seen at his farm, where he reportedly had a strange encounter with an unidentified man days earlier.
“The man was walking barefoot down the gravel road. He stopped Dylan who was in his truck,” Rounds’ aunt Katie Wells told East Idaho News.
She added that Rounds spoke to several family members on the phone about the man on Wednesday before his disappearance.
“He asked to use Dylan’s phone and acted erratically.
“Dylan thought the man was dangerous and possibly high. When he asked Dylan for a ride,[Dylan]didn’t give him a lift.”
According to Wells, the man was seen again a few days later in Montello, Nevada, asking for rounds.
Other reports suggest the mystery man may have been driven to the teenager’s trailer on Saturday.
“We don’t think anything was looted,” Wells said.
“Dylan is missing, his phone is missing, and his wallet.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5636469/dylan-rounds-missing-update-search-disappearance-mystery/ Important update in the case of missing teenage farmer Dylan Rounds after officials warned of his mysterious disappearance