A HEARTBREAKING update has been revealed in the case of missing 19-year-old, Dylan Rounds, who vanished more than two months ago from his farm in Utah.
Dylan’s family celebrated the missing teen’s 20th birthday without him on Monday, spreading seeds of hope across Oregon.
In honor of Dylan and the faith they have in finding him, his family decided to plant sunflowers and black-eyed Susan wildflowers for the occasion, his mom said.
Candice Cooley told FOX13: “You know we don’t want to release balloons because we’re not looking to the sky for him. We’re looking for him down on the ground.”
“I know he would love it,” she said. “That’s why I did it.”
Dylan grew up planting sunflowers in his yard and at his grandparents’ homes, the outlet reported.
“It’s a tribute, it’s not a memorial. It’s a way we’re celebrating his birthday with him,” Cooley said. “His birthday was always spent in a grain field, in a combine, in a grain cart.”
People across the United States in places like Utah, Idaho, Florida, and Kentucky, came to plant seeds in support of Dylan and his family.
The Bear River Valley Country Store in Corinne, Utah, gave out packets of seeds with Dylan’s face on them that a customer brought in for free.
Store Manager Zachary Davis told FOX: “His family is really putting forth effort and they want answers.
“We feel for them, our thoughts and prayers go out for them.”
Dylan went missing on May 28 on and was last seen eating at the Saddle Sore Bar in Montello, Nevada.
The town is about 30 minutes away from the family farm Dylan was working on in Lucin, Utah, which is on the Utah-Nevada border.
His family, who is from Idaho, filed a missing person report with the police two days later.
The last time Dylan’s family heard from him, he reportedly told them that he needed to move his truck on their farm because it was raining and he didn’t want the seeds to be ruined.
Dylan had been “putting the grain truck in a shelter” that day, according to an FBI affidavit.
Dylan’s 59-year-old neighbor, James Brenner, who he allegedly knew, was squatting in a trailer on the land where the shelter was, according to a court document obtained by UK Times.
He was then named a suspect by the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office on July 7.
A search warrant had been executed at Brenner’s trailer by the FBI on June 16.
Officials say they found ammunition, ignition caps, and black powder associated with muzzleloader firearms.
Brenner’s friend allegedly told the FBI on June 20 that Brenner brought three black powder firearms and asked the friend to keep them after Dylan went missing.
FBI special agent Jeremiah Fowlke in the court document:
“When [friend] asked ‘why’, Brenner stated that he needed to do this for ‘his own safety’ and that ‘the last time he had trouble with the law they took everything from him, and he did not want the things he had left to be taken again’.”
According to the court document, Brenner has been charged with possessing a firearm while being a felon.
He remains in custody until his trial for his firearm possession, on September 12.
Dylan’s mother told East Idaho News she believes her son “was taken, and he did not leave his place willingly.”
She thought her son’s boots found by police after he went missing may have been a clue.
“From where his grain truck was parked, his boots were about 100 yards south behind a pile of dirt just casually tossed out,” Cooley said.
“He was very particular about his boots. He wears a pair, and it’s always the same pair. When they wear out, he goes and buys exactly the same boots.”
Police also found a spot of blood on the boots, according to the boy’s mother.
The teen’s truck had also looked tampered with, appearing too clean and put in four-wheel drive after Dylan had been complaining earlier that the feature wasn’t working.
Cooley said there were no tire tracks in the dirt leading to or from Dylan’s red pickup truck, but it rained on the day Dylan disappeared.