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Post by NiteSpinR on Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:32 pm

No DAH... Talk about stating the obvious! A little girl goes missing from her bed during the night and cannot be found. We were thinking it was Foul Play all along!

12-30-2011


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Police investigating the disappearance of a toddler from her father's central Maine home two weeks ago said Friday they believe foul play was involved, but investigators tried to remain optimistic even as the job of law enforcement officials becomes more difficult with each passing day.

Waterville police Chief Joseph Massey announced Friday night that the case "has evolved from the search for a missing child to a criminal investigation."

In a statement, the chief said the conclusion about the disappearance of 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds was based on evidence that has been gathered over the past two weeks, but he didn't elaborate. He said state police would take the lead on the investigation.

On Friday, a team of evidence technicians from Massachusetts joined Maine State Police at the Waterville home where Ayla was last seen and was reported missing by her father.

"All of our efforts continue to locate Ayla. Although this is beginning the third week, we remain hopeful," Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said. He declined to say what the technicians were looking for.

Ayla's father, Justin DiPietro, told police he last saw her when he put her to bed the night of Dec. 16. He reported her missing when she was nowhere to be found the following morning.

Before she vanished, Ayla was wearing green polka dot pajamas with the words "Daddy's Princess" on them and had a soft cast on her broken left arm. Extensive searches of woods, waterways, fields and private properties around Waterville, a city of 16,000 residents 20 miles north of the state capital, Augusta, have failed to turn up anything.

The day after Christmas, investigators announced a $30,000 reward, the largest ever for a missing person case in Maine, for information leading to Ayla's whereabouts.

McCausland on Friday declined to discuss whether any of the 300-plus leads had borne fruit for investigators. He also declined to talk about suspects or evidence that has been gathered. He said DiPietro and Ayla's mother, Trista Reynolds, of Portland, were cooperating with investigators.

There were news reports Friday that two cars seized from the Waterville home were returned to DiPietro and an unidentified woman. McCausland declined to confirm those reports.

Investigators put up crime scene tape at the father's home last week. Outside the home, about 75 miles from Portland, a pile of teddy bears and stuffed animals were piled at a makeshift shrine.

Ayla was placed in her father's care while her mother was in a substance abuse rehabilitation program, which she completed.

Trista Reynolds, making an appeal on national television on Thursday, said that she had questions for DiPietro but that he had not returned her calls since their daughter went missing. She previously raised concerns about Ayla's treatment while in her father's care after the girl broke her arm, which police said happened in an accidental fall. She had no further comment Friday night, her sister said.

DiPietro couldn't be reached for comment Friday night. The Associated Press has been unable to find a telephone listing for him, and he has not been at his home, which is empty.

A few days before Christmas, DiPietro, addressing the public for the first time, said in a statement he had "no idea what happened to Ayla or who is responsible." He said his family and friends would do "everything we can to assist in this investigation and get Ayla back home."

"I would never do anything to hurt my child," he said Wednesday in another statement.

Former FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt said Friday that the odds of finding a child lessen if he or she isn't found within the first day or two of disappearing. But he said there's always reason for optimism, noting that there are even rare cases of missing children who turn up years later in someone's care.

"If you don't get this child back real quickly, you know that it gets harder and harder," he said. "But you can't give up hope."

Scott Bernstein, founder of Child Recovery International, a New York City-based organization that helps find missing children, agreed the first hours of an investigation are key in tracking down missing children as young as Ayla. Although the situation looks bleak, there's still room for hope, he said.

"One percent hope — but I'll go for that 1 percent hope," he said.

After Ayla went missing, law enforcement officials likely divided their investigation into two parts, one team looking at people with access to her, such as relatives and family friends, and another group looking at the potential for an abduction by an outsider or stranger, Van Zandt said. Under both scenarios, he said, the odds are that the person who took Ayla knew something about her or her family.

Strangers' abductions of children do occur, but they're rare, accounting for only 105 to 115 children out of 750,000 to 900,000 missing-persons cases each year in the United States, Van Zandt said.

Van Zandt, who has worked similar cases, said Ayla's disappearance, which once had more than 80 searchers and law enforcement officers involved, has been difficult for law enforcers as well as for distraught family members.

"As an FBI agent working these cases, you never turn off the emotional porch light," he said. "You always leave on the light with the hope that the child will come home again."

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Post by Wrapitup on Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:24 am

Police: Search for Ayla Reynolds now a criminal investigation
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Posted Dec. 30, 2011, at 6:47 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 30, 2011, at 9:16 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — The search for Ayla Reynolds has entered a new phase with the announcement Friday night that the case is now a criminal investigation.

“At this point, we believe that foul play has occurred in connection with Ayla’s disappearance,” read a press release from Waterville police Chief Joseph Massey. “The case has evolved from the search for a missing child to a criminal investigation.”

Massey said the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit will take the lead in the investigation, though Waterville Police Department, the FBI and the Maine Warden Service will remain involved.

“Our commitment to finding Ayla and explaining the circumstances surrounding her disappearance is as strong as it was on Dec. 17,” stated Massey in the press release. “Every investigator involved in this case shares the hope of Ayla’s family and the public that Ayla will be located soon.”

Massey said a $30,000 reward for information that leads to Ayla’s discovery is still valid, and that anyone with information should call the Waterville Police Department at 680-4700 or the Maine State Police at 624-7076.

Authorities on Friday refused to say whether they have any suspects in the case. Ayla’s parents, Justin DiPietro of Waterville and Trista Reynolds of Portland, have continued to cooperate, investigators said.

Reynolds, age 20 months, has been sought by local, state and national investigators since the morning of Dec. 17 when her father, DiPietro, reported to police that she was missing from her bedroom. He said the last time he saw her, when he put Ayla to bed the previous night, she was wearing green pajamas with polka dots and the words “Daddy’s Princess” printed on them. Ayla also was wearing a soft cast on her left arm, which was broken in an unrelated accident, according to police.

Former FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt said the odds of finding a child lessen if he or she isn’t found within the first day or two of disappearing, but he said that doesn’t mean Ayla won’t be found, even if it takes years.

“If you don’t get this child back real quickly, you know that it gets harder and harder,” Van Zandt, who has appeared on national television numerous times in recent days talking about the case, told The Associated Press. “You can’t give up hope.”

Scott Bernstein, founder of Child Recovery International, a New York City-based organization that helps find missing children, agreed that hope remains.

“One percent hope — but I’ll go for that 1 percent hope,” he said.

The Waterville Police Department said Friday afternoon that a press release about the search for Ayla would be circulated later in the evening. It was unclear whether there has been a break in the case or if the press release will reflect a continuation of the investigation. WABI-TV reported on its website Friday evening that a forensics team was back at the Waterville home where Ayla disappeared.

Authorities first pursued several scenarios at once, including the possibility that Ayla simply wandered away on her own. Intense searches in the Waterville area failed to find the toddler, and earlier this week, Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said the investigation had refocused on the possibility that Ayla was taken from the home.

Van Zandt said abductions of children by strangers account for little more than 100 out of the more than 750,000 missing-persons cases investigated in the United States each year. He said an investigation like this takes a steep emotional toll on everyone involved, including detectives.

“As an FBI agent working on these cases, you never turn off the emotional porch light,” he said. “You always leave on the light with the hope that the child will come home again.”

Police have not identified any suspects in the case and both of Ayla’s parents have said they do not know where their daughter is.

The search for Ayla has garnered attention from the national media. On Monday, a group of Waterville-area individuals and businesses, led by Waterville attorney John Nale, offered a $30,000 reward for information that leads to Ayla’s discovery. Tips from Maine and across the United States have poured in before and since the offer of the reward.

A group called Child Recovery International, in a press release circulated Friday, offered the following tips for anyone who discovers a child missing:

• Search though any closets, piles of laundry, inside large appliances or anywhere else where a child could crawl into or hide.

• If the child isn’t located, call a law enforcement agency immediately.

• If a child disappears in a store, immediately notify the store manager or law-enforcement agency, then contact police.

• When reporting a child missing, provide as much information as possible, including clothing, physical characteristics and any unique identifiers such as eyeglasses or braces.

• Request that the child’s name and identifying information be entered into the National Crime Information Center’s Missing Person File.

• After reporting the missing child to law enforcement, call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-THE-LOST (800-843-5678).


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Post by Wrapitup on Sat Dec 31, 2011 11:28 am

'Only a 1% chance of finding Ayla': Expert doubts whether missing Maine toddler will be found as police say 'foul play' was involved in disappearance
Police have launched 'criminal investigation' in hunt for vanished 20-year-old

Ayla Reynolds' mother has attacked the toddler's father on national TV
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 1:11 PM on 31st December 2011

There is only a 'one per cent hope' of finding the toddler who disappeared from her father's home overnight, according to an expert on missing children.

The devastating verdict came as police announced that the search for 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds had become a 'criminal investigation'.

She has been missing for two weeks since she vanished from the house in Maine where she was staying with her father, Justin DiPietro.

Her mother Trista Reynolds has launched a public war of words against Mr DiPietro, appearing on national television telling him to contact her to aid in the search for Ayla.

But according to Scott Bernstein, founder of Child Recovery International, an organisation that helps find missing children, the most likely time to find such young children is in the first few hours after their disappearance.

In Ayla's case, he said, there is 'one per cent hope - but I'll go for that one per cent hope'.

Police confirmed yesterday that they suspected foul play in the disappearance, as Waterville police chief Joseph Massey announced that the case 'has evolved from the search for a missing child to a criminal investigation.'

He added that the investigation - which will be led by state police - was based on evidence that has been gathered over the past two weeks.

'All of our efforts continue to locate Ayla,' said a spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. 'Although this is beginning of the third week, we remain hopeful.'

Mr DiPietro told police he last saw his daughter when he put her to bed in his Waterville home on the night of December 16. He reported her missing when he could not find her the following morning.

Before she vanished, Ayla was wearing green polka dot pyjamas with the words 'Daddy's Princess' on them and had a cast on her broken left arm.

Extensive searches of woods, waterways, fields and private properties around Waterville, a city of 16,000 residents 20 miles north of the state capital Augusta, have failed to turn up anything.

The day after Christmas, investigators announced a $30,000 reward, the largest ever for a missing-person case in Maine, for information leading to Ayla's whereabouts.

There were news reports yesterday that two cars seized from the home were returned to Mr DiPietro and an unidentified woman, but a police spokesman declined to confirm those reports.

Investigators put up crime scene tape at the father's home last week. Outside the home a pile of teddy bears and stuffed animals were piled at a makeshift tribute.

Ayla was placed in her father's care while her mother was in a substance abuse rehab programme, which she has now completed.

Ms Reynolds, making a televised appeal on Thursday, said that she had questions for DiPietro but that he had not returned her calls since their daughter went missing.

She previously raised concerns about Ayla's treatment by her father after the girl broke her arm, which police said happened in an accidental fall.

A few days before Christmas Mr DiPietro, addressing the public for the first time, said in a statement he had 'no idea what happened to Ayla or who is responsible.'

He said his family and friends would do 'everything we can to assist in this investigation and get Ayla back home.'

'I would never do anything to hurt my child,' he said on Wednesday in another statement.

Police say that both parents are co-operating fully with the investigation.

Former FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt said that the odds of finding a child lessen if he or she isn't found within the first day or two of disappearing.

But he said there's always reason for optimism, noting that there are even rare cases of missing children who turn up years later in someone's care.

'If you don't get this child back real quickly, you know that it gets harder and harder,' he said. 'But you can't give up hope.'

After Ayla went missing, he added, law enforcement officials probably divided their investigation into two parts, one team looking at people with access to her, such as relatives and family friends, and another group looking at the potential for an abduction by an outsider or stranger.

Under both scenarios the odds are that the person who took Ayla knew something about her or her family, he said.

Strangers' abductions of children do occur, but they account for only 105 to 115 children out of at least 750,000 missing-person cases each year in the U.S.

Mr Van Zandt, who has worked on similar cases, said Ayla's disappearance has been difficult for law enforcers as well as for distraught family members.

'As an FBI agent working these cases, you never turn off the emotional porch light,' he said. 'You always leave on the light with the hope that the child will come home again.'

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Post by Wrapitup on Sat Dec 31, 2011 11:46 am

Ayla Reynolds case: Now a criminal investigation

Posted on December 31, 2011 by Valhall

The search for missing 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds has now become a criminal investigation due to evidence retrieved in the past 2 weeks by the Waterville Police Department. That evidence, according to Police Chief Joseph Massey, points to foul play in the baby’s disappearance. You may read the Chief’s full statement here.
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Police Chief Massey announced the WPD would be handing the criminal investigation over to the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit who will assume control of the investigation from this point. The WPD will continue to work to assist the Maine State Police in their investigation, and continue to look for little baby Ayla.

Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, stated that the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit handles homicide and suspicious death cases, as well as “other major criminal cases”. He stated that at this time this investigation falls into that latter category, which indicates there is not yet sufficient evidence for them to declare this a possible homicide investigation.

Yesterday a shed behind Justin DiPietro’s house was taped off and DiPietro’s house was searched, again. This time investigators, clad in protective clothing, were seen taking an evidence bag from the home. The search appeared to be conducted by the Maine State Police. During the search State troopers were seen using survey equipment and appeared to be taking measurements from the end of the driveway to the home from which Ayla went missing. Investigators also took a window from what is described as the “driveway side” of the home, apparently as part of the measuring efforts.

It was within hours after these searches that Chief Massey made the announcement that the investigation had turned from a missing child investigation to a criminal investigation. It is not known if there is a connection between something found in yesterday’s search and the development later in the day.

Earlier this week Chief Massey stated in a press conference that the WPD were confident Ayla had been taken from the home, but he refused to call it a “kidnapping”, indicating that family and friends of the family may still be uncleared in the investigation. Also it was reported that earlier this week the WPD returned two vehicles, previously taken for forensic testing, to their owners. One belonged to Justin DiPietro, the other to an unidentified Portland, Maine woman. However, when Stephen McCausland, with the Maine Department of Public Safety was asked to confirm this, he would not.

DiPietro, Ayla’s father, has said in two statements read by the WPD for him that he has no idea what happened to Ayla. But at the same time, DiPietro has made statements that have been contradicted by several members of Trista Reynolds’, Ayla’a mother’s, family. DiPietro led people to believe he has been in communication with Reynolds but Reynolds has stated that is not true and her grandfather came forward this week to back that contention stating Trista had tried to have communication with DiPietro but had gotten nothing in return.

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Post by Wrapitup on Sun Jan 01, 2012 3:46 pm

Ayla Reynold’s grandfather pleads for her safe return
By DAVID SHARP, The Associated Press
Posted Dec. 31, 2011, at 3:33 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 31, 2011, at 4:22 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A day after police declared a 20-month-old girl’s disappearance a crime, her grandfather pleaded Saturday for her return, urging anyone with information to come forward.

“We’re all out here begging and pleading for the return of our baby girl, safe and sound. Call the state police,” Ronald Reynolds, grandfather of Ayla Reynolds, said outside his home.

“What did they do to my little girl? What did they do to Ayla? What did they do to a helpless, defenseless child?” asked Reynolds, who wore a green ribbon, the symbol for missing children. “Every day I get up and wait and wonder. Yesterday I kept looking out the window, waiting for someone to come by and tell me something.”

Saturday marked two weeks since Ayla’s father reported her missing from his home in Waterville, 75 miles north of Portland. Justin DiPietro told police he saw her the night before when he put her to bed. He said she was missing from her bed on the morning of Dec. 17.

A massive search began, with wardens and volunteers combing through the woods and neighborhoods and searching streams. Police and FBI agents went door to door.

A $30,000 reward, the largest in state history for a missing person case, has been offered for information leading authorities to the child.

On Friday, Massachusetts state police brought special equipment to DePietro’s home, and crime scene technicians were seen taking measurements. Investigators concluded that a crime had taken place and the State Police Major Crimes Unit took over the investigation, Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said. State police reported no new developments Saturday.

Of the 500 tips submitted to investigators, Waterville police say 75 have been from psychics. Deputy Waterville Police Chief Charles Rumsey told the Morning Sentinel of Waterville that each tip, no matter who it’s from, is assigned to an investigator.

Ayla was placed in her father’s care while her mother, Trista Reynolds, was in a substance abuse rehabilitation program, which she completed. Ronald Reynolds said he was proud of his daughter for seeking help. “I know what my daughter did. She did the right thing,” Reynolds said.

During Ayla’s stay with her father, she broke her arm in what police described as an accident. The Reynolds family said they were concerned about Ayla’s care, and they’ve also criticized DiPietro for not pleading publicly for his daughter’s safe return.

DiPietro, who has issued a statement denying he had anything to do with her disappearance, couldn’t be reached for comment Saturday.

Reynolds said the family is trying to maintain hope that Ayla is safe and will be found. He said he wakes up every morning and kisses a photo of Ayla, praying that she’s OK.

Reynolds said he sometimes spends his day looking out the window, hoping someone will drop by with new information, something positive for the family to latch onto.

“Someone took her. Somebody took her out the home. Who is what I’d like to know,” he said.

“I beg of these people: Bring her home safe. Bring her home safe and sound.”

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Post by Wrapitup on Sun Jan 01, 2012 3:49 pm


Former FBI profiler weighs in on Ayla Reynolds case

9:46 AM, Jan 1, 2012
WATERVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- State police continue their investigation into the disappearance of toddler Ayla Reynolds.

They took over the investigation Fridy, after announcing that the case had become a criminal investigation. State Police were still at 29 Violette Avenue, the home in Waterville where the toddler was last seen on December 17th.

Detectives spent the day Saturday removing more items from the house and loading them into an evidence truck.

By the end of the day, police had removed evidence tape and crime scene tape from the property, and released the home back to its owner.

Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland said there were no new developments in the case. He says police have finished investigating the home.

NEWS CENTER spoke with former FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt about the case by phone.

He says silence on the part of law enforcement could mean that investigators are getting close to a break in the case.

"If they believe this is a criminal act, the last thing they want to do is tell the kidnapper or person responsible for the disappearance of this little girl what they're actually doing," Van Zandt said. "I think at this point law enforcement would rather conduct the investigation in somewhat of a vacuum, as opposed to allowing the person responsible to accurately track the investigation and know if law enforcement is getting close to them and getting close to the recovery of this little girl or not."

There is a thirty thousand dollar reward being offered for information leading investigators to Ayla Reynolds.

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Ayla case now in state police hands
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WATERVILLE -- The search for 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds is now a criminal investigation and the Maine State Police are taking the lead, Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said Friday.

"At this point, we believe that foul play has occurred in connection with Ayla's disappearance," Massey said in a written release. "We base our conclusions on evidence gathered by investigators during the past two weeks. This case has evolved from the search for a missing child to a criminal investigation."

For that reason, Massey said he has asked the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit to assume the lead role in the investigation.

Massey added that Waterville police will continue to work on the case along with other angencies until Ayla Reynolds is found.

"Our commitment to finding Ayla and explaining the circumstances surrounding her disappearance is as strong as it was on December 17th," he said.

Department of Pubic Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland said the Major Crimes Unit is the new name for the Criminal Investigation Division, or CID.

McCausland said the unit is tasked with investigating homicides, suspicious deaths and major investigations.

"This case would fall into that latter category," he said.

Earlier on Friday, a state police evidence response team truck returned Friday to the Violette Avenue home where was reported missing from her bed two weeks ago today.

State troopers using surveying equipment appeared to be taking measurements from the driveway to the home at 29 Violette Ave. where Ayla lived with her father, Justin DiPietro.

A window of the modest vinyl-sided house on the driveway side of DiPietro's house had been removed and appeared to be part of the measuring detail.

A pickup truck with Massachusetts license plates was parked nearby, as was a Maine detective's car. A man wearing a Massachusetts State Police jacket also was on the scene.

McCausland said Massachusetts detectives offered special investigative equipment to aid in the investigation.

"And we took them up on the offer," he said.

McCausland declined to provide details on the equipment and its uses.

A growing shrine of stuffed animals left in support of the missing child served as a backdrop to Friday's police activity.

Ayla was last seen sleeping the night of Friday, Dec. 16.

Police said DiPietro, 24, reported his daughter missing just before 9 a.m. Dec. 17, some 10 to 12 hours after she was put to bed. They said the toddler did not wander off on her own and she was taken from the home by someone, though police have stopped short of calling it a kidnapping.

A $30,000 reward offered Monday for information leading authorities to the missing toddler remains unclaimed, police said. There have been no arrests and Ayla, who was last seen in polka dot pajamas and her left arm in a cast, has not been found.

Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said The Maine Warden Service, which has conducted exhaustive searches of the entire area, have suspended operations but will be on call. Any other searches will be based on new information, he said.

At its peak, the search area measured five miles in width -- north to south from the epicenter on Violette Avenue -- and 2 1/2 miles in depth, from Messalonskee Stream west past First Rangeway.

Ayla's mother, 23-year-old Trista Reynolds, of Portland, filed for sole custody Dec. 15, a day before her daughter was last seen in Waterville.

Massey said both parents have been interviewed by police and have been cooperative. Details of the investigation have not been released by police.

Police on Thursday confirmed that two vehicles seized from the driveway by police Dec. 19 have been returned to their owners. One is a Ford Explorer registered to DiPietro and the other a Hyundai registered to a Portland woman whose name is not being made public. Police declined to say what they were looking for in the vehicles.

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Post by Wrapitup on Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:40 pm

Posted: January 1
Updated: Today at 10:05 PM

Crime-scene tape comes down at Violette Avenue home

WATERVILLE -- Police investigating the disappearance of 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds have finished their investigative work involving the Violette Avenue home where she was seen last.

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According to Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland, Maine State Police "released the house back to the occupants" late Saturday afternoon, but he declined to discuss what, if anything, investigators had found.

Since Dec. 22, yellow crime scene tape had been a fixture at the modest gray bungalow.

As of Saturday evening, however, the tape was gone. The white evidence tape that had sealed all windows and doors was also gone.

The investigation into Ayla Reynolds' disappearance continued into its second week Saturday, but it was the first day of investigation under new leadership.

A day earlier, Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey announced in a written statement that he had invited the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit to take the lead role in the case.

He added that the case had evolved from a missing-person case into a criminal investigation.

The Major Crimes Unit handles homicides, suspicious deaths and major investigations.

Earlier on Saturday, the agency issued its first statement on the case.

"There are no new developments," McCausland said in a written release.

McCausland added that investigators from the state and Waterville police were working on the case Saturday.

Early in the day, there was clear activity behind the yellow tape at the Violette Avenue home. A vehicle from the state police evidence response team was parked in the driveway, and several police vehicles were parked in the street.

By nightfall, the police cars were gone, the driveway was empty and the lights in the home were left on.

According to the city assessor's office, Phoebe DiPietro has owned 29 Violette Ave. since 1998. Her son, Justin DiPietro, reported Ayla missing on Dec. 17.

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Police log offers insight into custody questions
BY BEN MCCANNA Staff Writer

LEWISTON -- A dispatch log from the Lewiston Police Department sheds new light on who had custody of 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds in the months before her disappearance.

According to police, Ayla's parents agreed that father Justin DiPietro would take custody of the toddler if mother Trista Reynolds entered rehabilitation for substance abuse. The record also indicates an intermediate step in the transfer: For several days in mid-October, Ayla stayed with her maternal grandmother and aunt in Lewiston.

The matter of Ayla's custody has recently been the subject of nationwide curiosity. During a Thursday segment on NBC's "Today" show, host Matt Lauer attempted to clarify the confusion.

Lauer, sitting across from Trista Reynolds, of Portland, in a New York television studio, spelled out two possibilities.

"According to you, you and Justin had an agreement that he would take care of Ayla while you were in rehab back in October," Lauer said to Reynolds. "Other reports suggest that child protective services gave Justin temporary custody of Ayla."

According to Lewiston Police, both of Lauer's statements are correct.

On the evening of Oct. 17, a few days after Trista Reynolds entered drug rehabilitation, DiPietro, of Waterville, arrived at the Lewiston police station.

At 6:06 p.m., a police officer spoke with DiPietro in the lobby, according to Lt. Mark Cornelio.

Police declined to release a report of the service call because it pertains to an open investigation in Waterville, but Cornelio described the dispatch log Friday in a phone interview.

"DiPietro said he was going to ... retrieve his daughter and wanted police to go," Cornelio said. "He explained that he and the mother had an agreement that if she went into treatment, he would take custody."

Cornelio said police called Maine Department of Health and Human Services and confirmed that the state agency had authorized DiPietro to take custody of the daughter.

Next, DiPietro and one police officer went to the Lewiston home of Jessica Reynolds, Ayla's maternal aunt. Becca Hanson, Ayla's maternal grandmother, was there, too.

"Ayla was in my and my daughter's care while Trista was in rehab," Hanson said during a recent phone interview.

Cornelio said Ayla was turned over to DiPietro without incident.

Maine Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson John Martins wouldn't comment on the case during a Thursday phone call.

"We can't confirm or deny whether we have any type of involvement with a child or family, based on Maine confidentiality laws," Martins said.

During Thursday's TV interview, Trista Reynolds said she hasn't been able to contact DiPietro since he reported Ayla missing Dec. 17. Lauer asked Reynolds if the police could serve as intermediaries to get the parents talking.

"I've asked that question, and they tell me that it's between me and him," she said. "It's on me and him to contact one another."

Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey on Friday declined comment on whether Reynolds had made such a request, but he added there is "nothing stopping either one of them from contacting the other."

At the end of the segment, Reynolds said DiPietro is the only person who can answer her questions about Ayla's disappearance.

She said she believes he was "the last person to see her alive."

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Ayla's Grandfather Baffled By Father's Actions

A frustrated grandfather talked again with News 13, as police continued their criminal investigation into the disappearance of his granddaughter.

Friday night, Waterville Police announced Maine State Police will be taking over the investigation into the disappearance of 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds. It was also announced police no longer consider this a missing person case; it is now a criminal investigation.

Police have received hundreds of tips, some coming from out of state, but none of them have led to Ayla.

And as the second week of searching for Ayla wraps up, her grandfather, Ron Reynolds, is speaking out about the latest developments in the case. Reynolds has spoken to us before about getting his granddaughter back - his emotions seeming to get the best of him at times. On Saturday, that didn't happen.

He says he's not happy with how Ayla's father, Justin Dipietro, hasn't done more to try and find his daughter. Dipietro has released two statements so far, but hasn't spoken on camera, saying he doesn't want to get in the way of the police investigation. Reynolds doesn't believe that story and wants Dipietro to be upfront with him.

"I would look him in the face and I would say 'how could you not be responsible for her? How could you not check on her at night? How could you not do that? And to get up the next morning and realizing that she's gone?' No, no, as a father, as a parent, no you check on your children. You hug and you kiss and you love your children its what you do. Why didn't he check on her?"

But Dipietro insists he had nothing to do with Ayla's disappearance. In his second statement, he writes "I would never do anything to hurt my child...I have to believe that Ayla is with somebody and I just want that person to find the courage to do the right thing and find a way to return her safely."

Police say both sides of the family, including Dipietro, are co-operating with their investigation.

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Post by Wrapitup on Sun Jan 01, 2012 9:06 pm

Was Ayla Reynolds Truly Abducted?
December 31, 2011 02:40 PM EST

There is a 1% hope of finding Ayla Reynolds. At least that's what one missing persons expert believes. Scott Bernstein, founder of Child Recovery International, made the startling comment but softened the blow by adding that the small amount of hope, is still hope.

'One per cent hope - but I'll go for that one per cent hope,' he said.

This comes after authorities released a statement yesterday acknowledging that the search for missing baby Ayla Reynolds is now a criminal investigation. The Waterville PD hasn't clarified on any of the evidence gathered for them to make this decision, but it's likely that they know what they're doing. Just two hours prior to making this announcement, forensic agents were spotted removing something wrapped in paper bag from the home of Justin Dipietro. What was that item and could it have anything to do with this sudden, grim shift in the investigation?

The backyard of the property was "roped off" and the agents were focusing on a shed. The question that remains here is: What took them so long to do this? It seems that they've already used cadaver dogs and have been to the Dipietro residence more than enough times by now, that they should've already known every inch of that property. Could they have been waiting on a search warrant?

Father says he's not responsible

Justin Dipietro released a second statement this week maintaining his innocence in the disappearance of his 20-month-old daughter. He swears he didn't harm his child, amidst accusations and speculations that he may have been abusing little Ayla. This was probably caused by the missing tot's maternal family, who have been making accusations toward Justin since the girl vanished. Trista Reynolds, the biological mother of Ayla Reynolds, says that Justin is not communicating with her and not returning her calls. Why isn't he talking to the mother of their child when this little girl is missing without a trace? Also, was the little girl missing longer than what was reported? It's been repeatedly reported that the little girl missed a very important doctor's appointment the day before she was reported missing. The mother of the child has even expressed concerns about this. What happened?

Is Ayla Reynolds the victim of a violent crime?

With vague reports circulating about this being a criminal investigation, perhaps it's best to go into better detail for the solidarity of the coverage of this high-profile case. You see, investigators believe that little baby Ayla was a victim of foul play. That means they believe she was murdered. They are no longer necessarily searching for a living baby as much as they are searching for a "body of evidence" to build a case against whoever their suspect may be. They are investigating a homicide.

"We base our conclusions on evidence gathered by investigators during the past two weeks. This case has evolved from the search for a missing child to a criminal investigation," Waterville Police Department Chief Joseph Massey said.

Whatever happened to missing baby Ayla, the Waterville police have an idea and they're not wanting to release too many details until they've gathered further information and evidence. Of course, finding Ayla is still of major importance, but it's apparent that they're not planning on finding the missing girl alive. That's horrifying and sad, but now justice must be served for the little girl if and when she is found.

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Psychics among hundreds of tipsters in Ayla case

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WATERVILLE -- Hundreds of tips have been phoned in to police investigating the disappearance of 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds, some of which are coming from people who are calling themselves psychics.

"As of right now, we have received a total of 500 tips -- 75 of those have been from psychics," Deputy Waterville Police Chief Charles Rumsey said Friday. "Each tip we receive -- psychic or not -- is assigned to an investigator. Contact is made with the person providing the tip, if possible. They follow up on each tip to the extent possible given the specificity of the information provided."

Psychics claim to have visions of missing people and specific places and offer police tips on where to find missing children. One such psychic from California this week sent the Morning Sentinel a map and a detailed description of his vision of Ayla Reynolds. A reporter went to the site, but there was nothing there.

Rumsey would not comment on the information from the psychic from California or other specific tips.

"I have no personal opinion to share about them and I don't know the statistics about their reliability in general," he said.

The influx of tips from psychics has also been seen 1,600 miles away from Waterville -- in Kansas City, Mo. Police in both cities are investigating similar missing child cases.

Reynolds has been missing since Dec. 17 after her father reported her disappearance. Search teams have scoured woods and streams. There are posters and Facebook pages showing the her face, but she has not been found.

In Kansas City, Lisa Irwin, whose first birthday was Nov. 11, has been missing since Oct. 4. Her father also reported her missing and volunteers have been out in full force, despite cold temperatures, searching for any trace of the missing child the media has dubbed "Baby Lisa." Again, there are posters and Facebook pages showing the girl's face and details of how she was dressed when she disappeared.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said Friday there have been cases in Maine in which psychics have offered their assistance, but could not recall a specific case in which psychic information has been used by investigators.

"Their calls are appreciated and their assistance is appreciated," McCausland said. "As with any member of the public, we appreciate assistance and willingness to help."

Capt. Steve Young, spokesman for the Kansas City Police Department, said he remembers specific tips from a psychic in Texas on the Lisa Irwin case, but it made a significant difference in their search.

"We've really never have had a lot to go on this case and we have pursued well over 1,000 tips that have come in," Young said Friday. "We have followed up on all tips that are practical to follow up on. So, whether it came from a psychic or not, if the information seemed reasonable, we would follow up on it. We didn't give any greater or less value to a tip because it did or did not come from a physic.

"A tip is a tip. We're not any further than we have been in the last month or so."

In a report about psychics and missing babies broadcast on Kansas City TV station KCTV on Dec. 2, Benjamin Radford, deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine, called the Texas psychic's tip "bogus."

"High-profile psychic failures are nothing new," Radford said in the report, published online by Discovery News. "Despite claims to the contrary, there is not a single documented case of a missing person being found or recovered due to psychic information. And despite (the psychic's) obvious failure in finding Baby Lisa, she insists she is doing a public service and will continue to provide psychic information about missing persons."

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Ayla Reynolds Remains Missing and Daddy Doesn't Want Visitors
January 02, 2012 02:40 AM EST

The home inhabited by Ayla Reynolds before she vanished mysteriously now sits with a 'no trespassing' sign in front of it. It appears that while the little girl remains missing and her mother tries frantically to get answers, Justin Dipietro just wants some privacy.

Justin Dipietro and the other adults associated with the family were allowed back into the home on Violette Avenue yesterday. No more than a few hours after the crime scene tape was removed from the yard, a 'no trespassing' sign was added to the front yard. The home is owned by Justin's mom, Phoebe Dipietro.

So now it's time to get back to the basics of this investigation. It's apparent that Justin and his family don't want people around their home. Perhaps they're trying to prevent people from holding vigils like what became popular in the case of missing baby Lisa Irwin. Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin put a stop to prayer vigils being held in front of their home after a few weeks of letting them continue. Could Justin Dipietro be simply nipping possible problems in the bud, or is this some more of his already suspicious behavior?

Ayla Reynolds remains missing; just like Lisa Irwin

Just like the case of missing baby Lisa, baby Ayla was reported missing after a long period of "sleep." She wasn't checked on for nearly 12 hours before her father allegedly discovered that she was missing from her crib. Just like the case of Lisa Irwin, there were no signs of forced entry.

Justin Dipietro has clammed up and doesn't appear to be speaking for himself in a way to help find his daughter, yet he is being described as "cooperative" by investigators. Nonetheless, they have been removing a lot of evidence from his possession. First, it was the towing of two vehicles from his yard, and then just in the past few days, forensic agents were removing items in paper bags from the shed behind the home.

Maybe he has a reason to be so quiet.

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I see the comparison between Lisa Irwin and Ayla - However, I believe that Lisa is long gone. I do think that Deborah Bradley was not only intoxicated on alcohol, but also meth. I think that someone, possibly not Justin, but someone took Ayla. What I do NOT get is, according to Ayla's mom, Justin wanted nothing to do w/Ayla the first 18 months of her life. He evidently is listed on the bc as the father..otherwise there is no way CPS would have allowed him to take guardianship of Ayla while her mother was in rehab. I also wonder, if they had discussed her going to rehab and had made the decision together that Justin would take Ayla, WHY her parents had Ayla and Justin had to go to the police to intervene. Something isn't quite right with that and it's bugged me from the get-go. I also wonder if there is a possibility that for whatever reason, Justin has Ayla hidden somewhere. For whatever reasons, he seems to have a vendetta against the mom. They never lived together and she stated they had a casual relationship that morphed into a night of intimacy but nothing more. So, WHY is Justin so hell-bent on not communicating with her? I also wonder about Justin's mom. He lives in her home. Does she live there, too? That is rather strange for a man of his age IMHO. Maybe his mom took Ayla and has her hidden. Or, maybe I am wishing on a star this is the case.

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updated 2 hours 10 minutes ago

For the first time since his daughter was last seen on Dec. 16, the father of a missing Maine toddler spoke publicly Monday about the search for Ayla Reynolds and appealed to her abductor to return her safely.

Justin DiPietro, who was the last one to see his 20-month-old daughter when he put her to bed more than two weeks ago, spoke exclusively with TODAY’s Peter Alexander about his daughter’s disappearance, which was ruled a criminal investigation Friday by police in Waterville, Maine.

Ayla Reynolds, 20-months-old, disappeared December 16, her father said.

“By coming here, it was in hopes of reaching out to the person that does have my daughter to let them know that what they’re doing isn’t right,’’ DiPietro said from Maine in the live interview Monday morning. “You may think what you’re doing is right for Ayla, but it’s not. You have no right. You’re not her parent. She belongs home with her family.

“I just want my daughter. I’m doing anything possible that I can to get my daughter home. It feels like a hopeless situation at some points, but I’m doing what I can.”

No suspects have been named by police, but DiPietro’s parenting skills have been questioned by the girl’s mother, Trista Reynolds, who appeared on TODAY last week. Reynolds underwent a 10-day stint in a rehabilitation program for alcohol abuse in October, during which time she and DiPietro agreed that he would take care of their daughter. Before her disappearance, Ayla had a soft cast on her left arm in what police called an accident.

'She's the world to me'

Throughout most of the interview, DiPietro spoke in an unemotional monotone, but his eyes lit up when asked about his feelings toward his daughter and he smiled, becoming slightly choked up.

“I love my daughter,’’ DiPietro said. “I would never do anything to harm my daughter. She’s the world to me.’’

For the first time since his daughter was last seen on Dec. 16, the father of a missing Maine toddler spoke publicly Monday about the search for Ayla Reynolds and appealed to her abductor to return her safely.

Justin DiPietro, who was the last one to see his 20-month-old daughter when he put her to bed more than two weeks ago, spoke exclusively with TODAY’s Peter Alexander about his daughter’s disappearance, which was ruled a criminal investigation Friday by police in Waterville, Maine.

Ayla Reynolds, 20-months-old, disappeared December 16, her father said.

“By coming here, it was in hopes of reaching out to the person that does have my daughter to let them know that what they’re doing isn’t right,’’ DiPietro said from Maine in the live interview Monday morning. “You may think what you’re doing is right for Ayla, but it’s not. You have no right. You’re not her parent. She belongs home with her family.

“I just want my daughter. I’m doing anything possible that I can to get my daughter home. It feels like a hopeless situation at some points, but I’m doing what I can.”

No suspects have been named by police, but DiPietro’s parenting skills have been questioned by the girl’s mother, Trista Reynolds, who appeared on TODAY last week. Reynolds underwent a 10-day stint in a rehabilitation program for alcohol abuse in October, during which time she and DiPietro agreed that he would take care of their daughter. Before her disappearance, Ayla had a soft cast on her left arm in what police called an accident.

'She's the world to me'
Throughout most of the interview, DiPietro spoke in an unemotional monotone, but his eyes lit up when asked about his feelings toward his daughter and he smiled, becoming slightly choked up.

“I love my daughter,’’ DiPietro said. “I would never do anything to harm my daughter. She’s the world to me.’’

In a statement released exclusively to TODAY Sunday night, Reynolds said, “When I found out from law enforcement that this has become a criminal investigation I got chills up and down my spine, but I am keeping my faith. I am not giving up.’’

Ronald Reynolds, the child’s grandfather, also has been “begging and pleading’’ for Ayla’s return and has been wearing a green ribbon, which is the symbol for missing children.
Authorities have scoured nearby lakes, woods, fields and private properties for weeks and have spent significant time investigating DiPietro’s home in search of the child after determining that Ayla, who had recently started walking, did not leave the house on her own. A privately-funded $30,000 reward also has been posted, leading to nearly 400 tips from as far away as California regarding her disappearance.

On Friday, authorities announced that it has become a criminal investigation.

“We believe that foul play has occurred in connection with Ayla’s disappearance,” the Waterville Police Department said in a statement. “We base our conclusions on evidence by investigators during the past two weeks.’’

Defending his silence
While Reynolds has appeared publicly multiple times since Ayla went missing, Monday marked DiPietro’s first public appearance. He had previously released statements through the Waterville police and has been cooperating with authorities during the entire investigation. On the night of Dec. 16, he said he put Ayla to bed as she wore polka dot pajamas that read “Daddy’s Little Princess’’ on them. At 8 a.m. on Dec. 17, DiPietro went to check on her and found she was gone, officially reporting her missing at 8:50 a.m.

“He said he’s not in hiding, but why won’t he come out?’’ Reynolds told TODAY last week. “Why won’t he talk to me? Why is he staying away? What is he so afraid of, to not come out and talk to me?’’

Story: ‘Just talk to me,’ mom of missing Maine tot begs dad

In Monday's interview, DiPietro defended his silence. “Initially, the first few days I was emotionally incapable of coming out to do an interview,’’ he told Alexander. “I had been advised that by coming on and doing an interview by law enforcement that it could possibly hinder the investigation, and I’m here to help in any way I can.’’

Reynolds said last week on TODAY that she and DiPietro have not spoken since their daughter’s disappearance and that she had concerns about her daughter’s safety while living with DiPietro. Reynolds lives 75 miles away in South Portland, and she last saw her daughter on Nov. 21. A day before Ayla’s disappearance, Reynolds filed for “parental rights and responsibilities’’ regarding custody of Ayla.

“He would never let me see her,’’ Reynolds told TODAY. “I would call to talk to her, and he would get mad about it. If I did see her and I would notice something on her like a bruise or just something, instead of reacting in a calm manner, he would lash out about it or kind of go into defense.’’

“As far as I know, there was never any concerns,’’ DiPietro said Monday. “We both agreed that me having her at this point in time was the best thing for her. She’s my child. She’s my world. She’s everything to me.’’

Although the investigation has now become a criminal one, DiPietro has not been made aware of any other major developments by investigators.

“As far as I know, that’s just been a change in terminology,’’ he said. “As far as I know we’re at the same place that we were at on Day One with this.’’

In a statement released exclusively to TODAY Sunday night, Reynolds said, “When I found out from law enforcement that this has become a criminal investigation I got chills up and down my spine, but I am keeping my faith. I am not giving up.’’

Ronald Reynolds, the child’s grandfather, also has been “begging and pleading’’ for Ayla’s return and has been wearing a green ribbon, which is the symbol for missing children.
Authorities have scoured nearby lakes, woods, fields and private properties for weeks and have spent significant time investigating DiPietro’s home in search of the child after determining that Ayla, who had recently started walking, did not leave the house on her own. A privately-funded $30,000 reward also has been posted, leading to nearly 400 tips from as far away as California regarding her disappearance.

On Friday, authorities announced that it has become a criminal investigation.

“We believe that foul play has occurred in connection with Ayla’s disappearance,” the Waterville Police Department said in a statement. “We base our conclusions on evidence by investigators during the past two weeks.’’

Defending his silence
While Reynolds has appeared publicly multiple times since Ayla went missing, Monday marked DiPietro’s first public appearance. He had previously released statements through the Waterville police and has been cooperating with authorities during the entire investigation. On the night of Dec. 16, he said he put Ayla to bed as she wore polka dot pajamas that read “Daddy’s Little Princess’’ on them. At 8 a.m. on Dec. 17, DiPietro went to check on her and found she was gone, officially reporting her missing at 8:50 a.m.

“He said he’s not in hiding, but why won’t he come out?’’ Reynolds told TODAY last week. “Why won’t he talk to me? Why is he staying away? What is he so afraid of, to not come out and talk to me?’’

Story: ‘Just talk to me,’ mom of missing Maine tot begs dad

In Monday's interview, DiPietro defended his silence. “Initially, the first few days I was emotionally incapable of coming out to do an interview,’’ he told Alexander. “I had been advised that by coming on and doing an interview by law enforcement that it could possibly hinder the investigation, and I’m here to help in any way I can.’’

Reynolds said last week on TODAY that she and DiPietro have not spoken since their daughter’s disappearance and that she had concerns about her daughter’s safety while living with DiPietro. Reynolds lives 75 miles away in South Portland, and she last saw her daughter on Nov. 21. A day before Ayla’s disappearance, Reynolds filed for “parental rights and responsibilities’’ regarding custody of Ayla.

“He would never let me see her,’’ Reynolds told TODAY. “I would call to talk to her, and he would get mad about it. If I did see her and I would notice something on her like a bruise or just something, instead of reacting in a calm manner, he would lash out about it or kind of go into defense.’’

“As far as I know, there was never any concerns,’’ DiPietro said Monday. “We both agreed that me having her at this point in time was the best thing for her. She’s my child. She’s my world. She’s everything to me.’’

Although the investigation has now become a criminal one, DiPietro has not been made aware of any other major developments by investigators.

Story: Dad of missing toddler: ‘What you are doing isn’t right’

“As far as I know, that’s just been a change in terminology,’’ he said. “As far as I know we’re at the same place that we were at on Day One with this.’’

Anyone with information regarding the child’s disappearance is urged to contact the Maine State Police at 207-624-7076.

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I watched this 3 times. Notice when he is asked about "that night", his lips purse and his tongue sticks out a bit...that is a sign of holding back. Also, when asked about Ayla's arm injury, he completely avoids the question. I wish someone else had interviewed him..like NG or JVM..they would have ripped him a new one. He knows more than he is saying. MOO.


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Post by artgal16 on Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:59 pm

This ping-ponging of children back and forth between unfit parents has to stop. Judges need to put children that have parents who are young, are addicted, and have unstable living conditions plus other children, into safe foster homes until social workers can check everyone thoroughly and then have the judge make a decision where the child should live, for how long and with who will be the primary caregiver. Neither parent in this case were proper choices - no complete history of either one was looked into as far as I can see. The father's not wanting the child in the first place and the mothers addiction plus having another child, made neither one of them good candidates for the Ayla's temporary home. The system keeps failing these children as more and more families with no foundation are crumbling with the children most as risk.
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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:53 pm

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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Jan 02, 2012 5:23 pm

Marc Klaas
I'll be discussing this case with Erin Burnett this evening at 7 pm ET.

Dad of missing child: ‘I’ll do anything to get my daughter home’
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Video on TODAY: In this TODAY exclusive, Justin DiPietro, the father of missing Maine toddler, Ayla, speaks out for the first time and defends why he has remained publicly silent until now. NBC’s Aditi Roy reports.

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Ayla Reynolds Case: Psychics Huge Percentage of Tipsters
January 02, 2012 01:01 PM EST

The phones are ringing off the hook at the Waterville Police Department with tips about Ayla Reynolds. It seems that people are desperate to help the department in their search for the missing girl. But now an interesting fact has emerged about the callers; 75 percent of 500 tips are from physics. That's 15 percent of all tips made in the case.

"As of right now, we have received a total of 500 tips—75 of those have been from psychics," Deputy Waterville Police Chief Charles Rumsey has shared. "Each tip we receive—psychic or not—is assigned to an investigator. Contact is made with the person providing the tip, if possible. They follow up on each tip to the extent possible given the specificity of the information provided." It is interesting that so many psychics are lending a hand in the investigation, but one has to wonder why.

When little Lisa Irwin went missing from Kansas in October, one psychic, Stephanie Almaguer, made headlines because of her visions of Lisa in a well near an abandoned casino. Sure enough, the casino property did house an abandoned well just as the psychic had predicted, but volunteers didn't find Lisa that day. She still remains missing. But Stephanie's involvement in the case was quickly questioned because of the reward money involved. And this is why it is now odd that with a $30,000 reward for missing Ayla Reynolds, psychics are calling in with tips from far and wide.

"I have no personal opinion to share about them, and I don't know the statistics about their reliability in general," the Police Chief shared in his statement. Surely those who are talented are overshadowed by those who think they know what they are doing. Perhaps a handful of them are just calling in with visions hoping to help out or get the reward. According to Online Sentinel, "one such psychic from California this week sent the Morning Sentinel a map and a detailed description of his vision of Ayla Reynolds. A reporter went to the site, but there was nothing there."

What do you think? Are the psychics offering valuable tips, or does it all seem like a desperate attempt to exploit these missing children to get fame and fortune?

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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:19 pm

A Timeline in the Ayla Reynolds Investigation
Timeline shows events related to the disappearance of Ayla Reynolds, the 20-month-old daughter of Trista Reynolds, 23, of South Portland and Justin DiPietro, 24, of Waterville.

Thursday, Dec. 15
Mother seeks custody

Trista Reynolds files complaint in Cumberland County District Court seeking full custody of Ayla, who had been in her father's care since October. That's when state social workers removed Ayla from Reynolds' care and she went into a drug-rehabilitation program.

Friday, Dec. 16, 10 p.m.

Ayla's last sighting

The last time Justin DiPietro sees his daughter, lying in her bed in their Waterville home. She is wearing one-piece pajamas bearing the words "Daddy's Princess." Her left arm, broken in an accidental fall three weeks earlier, is in a soft splint and a sling.

Saturday, Dec. 17, 8:51 a.m.
Ayla reported missing

DiPietro finds her bed empty and calls 911 to report Ayla is missing from their Violette Avenue home. Police say she could have been abducted or walked away, but couldn't "have gone very far." Waterville police and firefighters search neighborhood. State game wardens join in and conduct flyover. Waterville and Maine State Police detectives look for forensic evidence in DiPietro's house.

Sunday, Dec. 18
FBI joins search

FBI agents, two police dogs, neighbors and other volunteers join house-to-house and neighborhood search. Game wardens scour the banks of nearby Messalonskee Stream. Police say they've interviewed several adults who were in DiPietro's house when Alya was put to bed Friday night.

Monday, Dec. 19
Mother appears on TV

Police seize two vehicles, one of them registered to DiPietro, and say parents are cooperating with the investigation. Trista Reynolds appears on ABC's "Good Morning America" and HLN's Nancy Grace show. Search swells to 70 law enforcement agents, including game wardens, who troll Messalonskee Stream with an airboat and circle the area in an airplane.

Tuesday, Dec. 20
Father releases statement

DiPietro releases statement through Waterville police saying he doesn't know what happened to Ayla. Investigators drain a section of Messalonskee Stream looking for clues and examine dumpsters, garages, backyards, ball fields and wooded areas near the home. FBI Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team canvasses Waterville neighborhoods. Police say they've received more than 100 tips from the public and "it's still a missing-child case."

Wednesday, Dec. 21
Search group joins effort

Search expands across Waterville with help from 50 members of the Maine Association for Search and Rescue. Nearly 100 people attend candlelight vigil at local church.

Thursday, Dec. 22
Crime-scene tape goes up

Six days into the search, investigators put crime-scene tape around DiPietro's house and intensify the search for clues. Two of state's top homicide prosecutors visit the house. Cadaver dogs join search.

Friday, Dec. 23
Mother blames father

Overnight snow ends large-scale ground seach. Trista Reynolds tells NBC's "Today" show that she blames DiPietro for not keeping Ayla safe and hopes her daughter will be home for Christmas. Police get media inquiries from across the country as interest in Ayla's disappearance grows. Dozens gather for candlelight vigil in Congress Square in Portland.

Saturday, Dec. 24
Police seek media break

Waterville police appeal for a break in media coverage so they can do their work "outside the microscope." Crime-scene evidence tape seals all doors and windows throughout the weekend.

Monday, Dec. 26
Someone took Ayla

Ten days into the investigation, police say they believe someone took Ayla from her home, acknowledging for the first time that they don't believe she left the house on her own. Community members offer $30,000 reward -- the largest ever in Maine. State police Evidence Response Team van is parked in driveway.

Tuesday, Dec. 27
Search continues

Investigators from four police agencies continue the search and follow up on more than 300 tips, but won't say whether they have any forensic evidence or suspects in the case.

Wednesday, Dec. 28
Father issues new statement

DiPietro issues a second statement through Waterville police, repeating that he doesn't know what happened to Ayla and thanking community members for their support. Warden service ends last of large-scale searches.

Thursday, Dec. 29
Mother appears on 'Today'

Trista Reynolds appears on "Today" show, pleading with DiPietro to communicate with her. Police end regular surveillance of DiPietro's home.

Friday, Dec. 30
State police take the lead

Police announce "foul play" suspected in what is now a criminal case. State police take lead in investigation, removing a window from house, and Massachusetts detectives join effort.

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Missing 20-Month-Old Ayla Reynolds Father Goes On National TV TO Plea For His Daughter's Safe Return

Justin Dipietro, The father of missing 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds Ayla Reynold's father, went on national tv to make a plea for his daughter's safe return. Today, he did not want to do any more on camera interviews, but did invite News 13's Brad Rogers into his home to speak with him. It's the same home where his daughter, Ayla, vanished from a little over two weeks ago. Ayla was last seen sleeping in her bed at her home in Waterville, while in Justin DiPietro's care. Dipietro says he put Ayla to bed that Friday night and says the next morning, when he went into her room, she was gone. Since then, there has been no sign of Ayla-- not a trace.

Justin DiPietro told News 13, quote, "It's not right. Whoever has my daughter that person had no right to take her. She should be with her parents. This is where Ayla belongs." DiPietro would not say if he thinks he knows who took Ayla. But he does think Ayla was taken by someone who believes Ayla will be better off with her abductor that with Ayla's own family. He also believes Ayla is likely being cared for by the person who took her. He told us, quote, "Ayla probably thinks this is some sort kind of a game. She adapts real well. I have to believe she is being cared for. And I'm sure she has adapted to this situation."

Waterville police have gotten around 400 calls from people who believe they have information about this case. The State Police has now taken over the investigation and the FBI is still helping them run down leads. Last week, police said this case is now a crimina;l investigation, and that they believe foul play is involved-- but they would not say what they think happened to Ayla and who took her. Justin Dipietro told us he loves his daughter and wants the person who took Ayla to safely return her to her parents. He says taken a beating in the press. But he says the only thing that matters is getting his daughter back.

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Post by artgal16 on Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:33 pm

That is the strangest plea for a return of a child that I have ever heard. Is this guy for real? Id like to hear a statement analysis of that statement!
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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:58 pm

I think his is FOS and is responsible in some way. He KNOWS where she is..dead or alive. No One makes a statement like that if they are innocent and grieving for their missing child.

I missed NG last night. Did she cover this case????

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Post by artgal16 on Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:03 pm

I wasnt home didnt watch NG but I bet she covered it.
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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:31 pm

Am going to take a look-see. I had read on her FB she would be covering the Anderson case..the Park Ranger that was shot to death. So Sad!!

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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:34 pm

January 2nd, 2012
03:42 PM ET

Baby Ayla's dad: It's a 'helpless situation'
The father of a missing Maine toddler gave his first television interview on Monday morning, just days after police announced they now suspect foul play in her disappearance.

Justin DiPietro reported 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds missing from his Waterville home on December 17, claiming that he last saw her when he put her to bed the night before. On NBC’s “Today Show” Monday, DiPietro insisted that he is doing everything he can to help police find his daughter, but more than two weeks after she disappeared, he said it “feels like a helpless situation at some points.”

Ayla’s mother, Trista Reynolds, and her father have questioned why DiPietro has not been doing interviews or appearing in public, but he said Monday that he was “emotionally incapable” of doing so early on and that police had advised him that speaking out publicly could hinder the investigation. However, he provided very few details about the case in the “Today” interview.

“It was just a normal night. There was nothing - I put her to bed and just been a normal night,” he said when asked what happened on the night Ayla disappeared. He said that Ayla is “everything to me” and he would never hurt her.

DiPietro says he wanted to do the interview so he could reach out to whoever has taken Ayla. Addressing them, he said, “What you’re doing isn’t right. You may think what you’re doing is right for Ayla, but it’s not.”

In a statement issued Friday, Waterville Police Dept. Chief Joseph Massey said, “At this point, we believe that foul play has occurred in connection with Ayla's disappearance …This case has evolved from the search for a missing child to a criminal investigation.”

Massey added that the Maine State Police would be taking the lead role in the case. A state police spokesman said very little Monday, telling a Nancy Grace producer that the investigation is continuing and more searches will eventually be conducted.

DiPietro told NBC Monday that, despite the change in terminology by police, “As far as I know, we’re at the same place that we were on day one with this.”

For the latest on the search for Ayla Reynolds and other crime stories, watch “Nancy Grace” tonight at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. EST on HLN.

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This was posted on 01/02/12. Will see if I can find a You Tube of last night's show.

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Post by artgal16 on Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:41 pm

Well if they thought it was a kidnapping wouldnt the FBI be involved?
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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:48 pm

The FBI has been involved almost since day 1. They handed the case over to the Maine SP over the weekend. I think it is upthread here.

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Post by artgal16 on Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:51 pm

So they handed it over as they now believe this is no longer a case of kidnapping. Its so frustrating not to know who was in that house that night. The father had to have some help.
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Sunday, Dec. 18
FBI joins search

FBI agents, two police dogs, neighbors and other volunteers join house-to-house and neighborhood search. Game wardens scour the banks of nearby Messalonskee Stream. Police say they've interviewed several adults who were in DiPietro's house when Alya was put to bed Friday night.

Monday, Dec. 19
Mother appears on TV

Police seize two vehicles, one of them registered to DiPietro, and say parents are cooperating with the investigation. Trista Reynolds appears on ABC's "Good Morning America" and HLN's Nancy Grace show. Search swells to 70 law enforcement agents, including game wardens, who troll Messalonskee Stream with an airboat and circle the area in an airplane.

Tuesday, Dec. 20
Father releases statement

DiPietro releases statement through Waterville police saying he doesn't know what happened to Ayla. Investigators drain a section of Messalonskee Stream looking for clues and examine dumpsters, garages, backyards, ball fields and wooded areas near the home. FBI Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team canvasses Waterville neighborhoods. Police say they've received more than 100 tips from the public and "it's still a missing-child case."

Wednesday, Dec. 21
Search group joins effort

Search expands across Waterville with help from 50 members of the Maine Association for Search and Rescue. Nearly 100 people attend candlelight vigil at local church.

Thursday, Dec. 22
Crime-scene tape goes up

Six days into the search, investigators put crime-scene tape around DiPietro's house and intensify the search for clues. Two of state's top homicide prosecutors visit the house. Cadaver dogs join search.

Friday, Dec. 23
Mother blames father

Overnight snow ends large-scale ground seach. Trista Reynolds tells NBC's "Today" show that she blames DiPietro for not keeping Ayla safe and hopes her daughter will be home for Christmas. Police get media inquiries from across the country as interest in Ayla's disappearance grows. Dozens gather for candlelight vigil in Congress Square in Portland.

Saturday, Dec. 24
Police seek media break

Waterville police appeal for a break in media coverage so they can do their work "outside the microscope." Crime-scene evidence tape seals all doors and windows throughout the weekend.

Monday, Dec. 26
Someone took Ayla

Ten days into the investigation, police say they believe someone took Ayla from her home, acknowledging for the first time that they don't believe she left the house on her own. Community members offer $30,000 reward -- the largest ever in Maine. State police Evidence Response Team van is parked in driveway.

Tuesday, Dec. 27
Search continues

Investigators from four police agencies continue the search and follow up on more than 300 tips, but won't say whether they have any forensic evidence or suspects in the case.

Wednesday, Dec. 28
Father issues new statement

DiPietro issues a second statement through Waterville police, repeating that he doesn't know what happened to Ayla and thanking community members for their support. Warden service ends last of large-scale searches.

Thursday, Dec. 29
Mother appears on 'Today'

Trista Reynolds appears on "Today" show, pleading with DiPietro to communicate with her. Police end regular surveillance of DiPietro's home.

Friday, Dec. 30
State police take the lead

Police announce "foul play" suspected in what is now a criminal case. State police take lead in investigation, removing a window from house, and Massachusetts detectives join effort.

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Detectives in Ayla Reynolds Investigation Keep Quiet

January 04, 2012 03:10 AM EST

As the Ayla Reynolds disappearance approaches week four, many sources are bringing up just how silent detectives are being in this investigation. In fact, they're seeming to be deliberately silent as the search for baby Ayla continues.

Chuck Drago, a retired police chief out of Florida, gave his two cents regarding the silence of the Waterville and Maine State Police. While it appears that the case of Ayla Reynolds differs from other similar cases, Drago insists that it's a "case by case" type of thing. He says that it's not unusual for the investigation to be handled in the manner this one is being controlled.

So, as unnerving as it is, it's important to remain patient while detectives work out this investigation. It's apparent that they're convinced that baby Ayla is no longer alive. It was released days ago that they have reason to believe that the child met foul play. However, officials are not acknowledging whether or not there are any suspects in the case.

A moment of silence for Ayla Reynolds

On Tuesday night, Waterville city mayor Karen Heck called for a moment of silence for missing baby Ayla.

"We are lucky to live in a community that cares about its neighbors and comes together in a crisis," she said during her inaugural address.

Karen Heck also made comments about the importance of raising successful children and getting involved in extra-curricular functions. It certainly seems that Heck either deeply cares for the children of her town, or she's a well-trained politician. Whatever it is, it's touching that baby Ayla got her own moment of silence—now it's time for her to get justice—since there is reportedly only one percent chance of finding her alive now.

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Posted: January 5
Updated: Today at 10:33 PM
Special unit investigates Ayla Reynolds' disappearance

WATERVILLE -- For more than 50 years, major crimes in Maine have come under the scrutiny of a special agency within the state police.

"Name any major case that state police have been involved in, and the ... Major Crimes Unit has been involved in it," said Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland.

Now, the Major Crimes Unit has turned its focus on Ayla Reynolds, a 21-month-old girl who was reported missing Dec. 17.

The unit took the lead role in the investigation on Dec. 30, almost two weeks after Ayla was last seen. That same day, Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey announced that foul play was suspected in the toddler's disappearance.

McCausland offered no new developments Wednesday on the criminal investigation, but said detectives are still at work.

There are three reasons for the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit to get involved in an investigation. The unit handles homicides, suspicious deaths and major investigations, McCausland said.

"If there is a homicide, we intervene immediately," he said. "The division investigates all homicides in Maine, with the exceptions of Bangor and Portland. The detectives within those two municipal police departments investigate their own.

"Or, many times, the medical examiner or the attorney general's office may ask for the Major Crimes Unit to assist in an investigation. In the absence of that, (the unit's involvement) is usually at the request of local police departments."

"Major Crimes Unit" is a new name for a decades-old institution, McCausland said. The group, which formed in the mid-1950s, used to be called the Criminal Investigation Division, or CID.

"A decision was made a few months back to change (the name) to the Major Crimes Unit, which is more in line with its task," McCausland said. "The detectives remain the same. The command of the two divisions remain the same. All that changed was the name to better reflect this day and age of their mission."

The name change became official Sunday, two days after the name was first introduced to the public by Waterville Police.

"It was coincidental that the name change was announced in conjunction with the Ayla Reynolds investigation," McCausland said.

The 33 detectives in the unit, which has two divisions, is led by Maj. Gary Wright.

A division led by Lt. Christopher Coleman handles cases in the central and northern part of the state. The other division, led by Lt. Brian McDonough, handles cases in southern Maine.

Coleman's division, which is overseeing the Ayla Reynolds case, has 18 detectives and three sergeants covering Aroostook, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo and Washington counties.

Detectives from the southern division have been working on the case as well, McCausland said.

McCausland declined to comment on what advantages the unit might have over municipal police, but said the unit belongs to the largest police agency in the state.

State police assets include a crime laboratory in Augusta, a mobile command center, an evidence response team vehicle and more.

Ayla was reported missing from her Violette Avenue home on Dec. 17. She was last seen wearing green one-piece pajamas with the words "Daddy's Princess" printed on them. A $30,000 reward has been offered for information that leads investigators to Ayla, who will be two on April 4.

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Ayla Reynolds Case Stirs Fear in Children and Parents

January 04, 2012 09:45 PM EST

The Ayla Reynolds disappearance has inspired fear in some families in Waterville, Maine—and undoubtedly the apparent increase in child disappearances has parents all over the nation on guard. However, a mental health organization in Maine is reporting that some kids are experiencing fear and emotional scarring because of this case.

It seems that the media is being blamed for the most part, as children are often exposed to media reports. This has been no different in the Ayla Reynolds disappearance. Nonetheless, parental fear is also partially to blame. "Stranger danger" is one of a parent's biggest fears, and when a child goes missing in your town, much less your neighborhood, one tends to react rashly. Sometimes that involves instilling fear in your children.

It's unfortunate that baby Ayla hasn't been found yet, but as police have reported, it's unlikely she will be found alive. This is an apparent homicide investigation, but who is the suspect? Hopefully officials with the Maine State Police and Waterville PD are hot on the trail of whoever is responsible for the "foul play" Ayla may have suffered.

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Post by Wrapitup on Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:54 am

January 05, 2012 09:35 PM EST

While Ayla Reynolds remains missing, her father has taken an issue with notorious commentator Nancy Grace. He isn't very happy about the way she is representing him, but does he not realize that he has made himself look bad in the eyes of the public and the media?

In fact, Justin Dipietro has essentially issued a challenge to Nancy Grace. He wants her to come stay a day with him, spend some time with him. Maybe he wants to convince her that he's not connected with the disappearance of Ayla Reynolds. He's maintained his innocence since day one; only he has only made one vocal appeal to the media unlike the mother of the missing child.

It's a shame that while this child remains missing the focus is on speculation surrounding the parents -- especially the father of the little girl. It seems unlikely that Trista Reynold would be involved in her daughter's disappearance considering she lives over an hour and a half from Justin Dipietro, who's had custody of their 20-month-old daughter since October.

Justin Dipietro insists that he has hope that his daughter will be brought home, but investigators have already announced that they believe this is a homicide investigation. It also doesn't appear that they've done nearly as much investigating as they've done around the home of Dipietro. Do you think Nancy Grace should take the man up on his offer?

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In one word, NO. She would be in the way of the investigation and her first priority as an attorney is to allow LE, the FBI and now the Maine Investigators to do their job. The Last thing they need is Nancy w/her camera crew and the twins up there. MOO. Funny, he refuses to discuss this except for his short stint on The Today Show but wants the media fanfare of Nancy Grace? GMAB!!

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Post by Wrapitup on Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:51 am

Ayla Reynolds case: Ayla’s grandmother talks

Posted on January 7, 2012 by Valhall

Phoebe DiPietro, paternal grandmother to missing 21-month-old Ayla Reynolds finally granted an interview with media, and I’m glad she did. While Ms. DiPietro did not reveal very much new information about the investigation into the missing child, stating she could not give out details at the request of investigators, what she was able to share did a lot to open my mind to true possible abduction.

In DiPietro’s interview she dispelled rumors that a party had taken place at her house on the night Ayla went missing. She confirmed that she, her son (Ayla’s father) and other adults were in the house that night. The identities of those other adults have been closely guarded by law enforcement working this investigation, and Ms. DiPietro didn’t give any more insight to their identity. Ms. DiPietro stated that she could not discuss it as she had been told “it could hinder the investigation”.

There were two areas of Ms. DiPietro’s interview that I found extremely interesting:

She states she is hoping law enforcement will eventually be able to tell her how someone got into her house that night (window, door?). At the same time, she clarifies that she was not the last person to go to bed that night and therefore she can’t confirm if the doors were locked.
She states that she reported “oddities” in the house on the day Ayla was discovered missing by Justin DiPietro. Ms. DiPietro would not disclose what those oddities were stating she believed law enforcement did not want her to disclose that.

There’s some more things that Ms. DiPietro was able to provide insight on, and which makes her son look less likely to possibly have done something to Ayla…of course, that’s based on the assumption she’s being honest. She states that the incident in which Ayla’s arm was broken was just as Justin has stated. That story being he fell while caring Ayla resulting in the child’s arm being broke. Now, child abusers come up with that similar story A LOT, but Ms. DiPietro (if she’s being honest) states that the night the accident occurred she was home and Justin was coming in the house with the baby and Ms. DiPietro heard a “thud” at the backdoor. Ms. DiPietro states it was dark outside and Justin had slipped on the stairs, falling with the child.

Ms. DiPietro’s account of what happened that night pretty much coincides with an account given by Justin in this article.

Ms. DiPietro claims the child was crying (understandable even if no significant injury had occurred) but at the time “didn’t immediately appear injured”. The next morning the baby’s hand was swollen and they took her to the emergency room.

Now, I also have some “issues” with Ms. DiPietro’s interview. These issues actually stem from the fact that Ms. DiPietro claims she cannot give more detail on certain things. However, while I understand why law enforcement would ask her not to discuss such potentially critical issues as the identities of the other adults (after all one of them could be a person of interest…i.e. suspect) and the “oddities” which could be associated with activity by a potential abductor, I don’t understand why she wouldn’t be allowed to disclose WHERE she was when Justin told her Ayla was missing. She won’t say WHEN he told her either. Justin DiPietro reported Ayla missing to authorities just before 9 on the 17th.

I really can’t come up with why she wouldn’t be able to tell where she was when she learned Ayla was missing. But I can come up with why it would be important to us in vetting Ms. DiPietro’s claims. IF she was not in the home when Justin informed her that means she had left the house prior to 9 a.m. Now, while that doesn’t mean she could attest to whether ALL of the doors in the house were locked when she left, she ought to damned well be able to say if the door she LEFT FROM was locked, right? And I’m not bringing this up to imply suspicion on Ms. DiPietro, but rather to just voice my concerns about what exactly she was aware of that morning as to the security of the home.

I hope Ms. DiPietro was completely honest during this interview, because if she was, this moves Ayla’s disappearance closer to a true abduction (although it could have still been by one of these unidentified people in the house), rather than a possible death concealed.

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Post by Wrapitup on Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:51 am

Father Of Missing Maine Toddler Talks About Broken Arm

January 7, 2012 6:35 PM

WATERVILLE, ME (CBS) – The father of a missing Maine toddler is offering up details about his daughter’s broken arm, saying he is hoping to end any cynical speculation over the incident.

Police confirmed early on in the investigation that Ayla Reynolds had suffered a broken arm.

This week, her father, Justin DiPietro told The Morning Sentinel that he’s hoping to set the record straight on how it happened. Police have said the injury did not raise any suspicions.

“I know there’s value in explaining it,” Justin DiPietro told The Sentinel. “But to me, I know what the truth is, and it’s unbelievable for people to make the accusations that they’ve made.”

DiPietro reportedly claimed he slipped and fell while carrying groceries in one arm and Ayla in the other arm.

“That was completely accidental,” DiPietro said of Ayla’s injury. “I would never harm my daughter.”

“I was carrying her,” he told the Morning Sentinel. “Usually I let her walk, but it was raining out that night and it was dark.”

At first, DiPietro said, he didn’t realize anything was wrong.

“We hung out for a little while after,” Justin DiPietro reportedly said. “She was a little fussy here and there, but if you’d seen her, you wouldn’t have known anything was wrong with her.”

They took Ayla to the hospital the next afternoon after noticing her wrist had become swollen.

Ayla Reynolds was last seen at her father’s house on December 17. Investigators say they suspect foul play in her disappearance. No suspects have been named.

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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:40 am

New details emerge as search for missing Maine toddler enters fourth week

By Susan Candiotti and Ross Levitt, CNN
updated 11:22 PM EST, Sun January 8, 2012

Waterville, Maine (CNN) -- As the search for missing Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds enters a fourth week, the grandmother of the 21-month-old girl offered new information to CNN on Sunday about the night Ayla disappeared.

Ayla's grandmother, Phoebe DiPietro, who first spoke exclusively with CNN on Friday, said she now wants to clarify a detail about her interview.

DiPietro now tells CNN she was not among the adults at the home from which Ayla disappeared that night but instead was at another location that she wouldn't publicly disclose.

DiPietro said she told police about her whereabouts that night from the very start. She added that it's her impression detectives followed up on her information early on.

Police, who suspect foul play in the case, have declined to say publicly who was at DiPietro's home the night Ayla disappeared other than to describe the occupants as several adults including one person who is not a member of the family.

Ayla's parents are not married and don't live together. Ayla's mother recently completed rehab, family members have said. Investigators have said both families have cooperated with police.

Justin DiPietro said he put his daughter to bed at 8 p.m. on December 16 and called police the next morning just before 9 a.m. to report her missing, according to authorities.

Justin DiPietro and his mother both say they believe the child was abducted.

During her interview with CNN, DiPietro said Friday that she "didn't hear anything" when asked if she heard any noise the night Ayla disappeared. She added that there was not a party at the house, noted she wasn't the last one to go to bed and said she wasn't sure whether the doors to the house were locked.

On Sunday, DiPietro said she wanted to make clear that she wasn't home the night Ayla disappeared and that her information about what happened that night came from others.

She said she didn't specify that she wasn't home that night in her initial CNN interview because she was trying to follow the directions of police, who have instructed her not to discuss details about the night Ayla disappeared.


Both Justin DiPietro and his mother told CNN they want whomever took the little girl to return her safely.

The grandmother says her main concern is finding Ayla. As part of that, she said, she doesn't want to say anything that could hurt the investigation.

Police had no comment Sunday on DiPietro's latest disclosure.

"We're not getting into investigative details," said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine State Police, the agency leading the investigation.

During the course of her interview with CNN, Ayla's grandmother repeatedly declined comment when asked about various aspects of what happened the night of her granddaughter's disappearance, including who was there, what the adults were doing that night, and where she was when her son told her Ayla was missing, citing her concern for the integrity of the investigation.

"Law enforcement explained to us that if we discuss details of this case, what happens is as they get tips they can't prioritize those tips that is going to bring my granddaughter home," she said.

DiPietro said she fully supports her son, who has said he "would never do anything to harm my daughter."

She says she just wants her Ayla home unharmed.

"I'd give everything I owned if we can have her back," she said Friday, her voice breaking.

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I say B to the S. She should have stated from the get-go on the CNN interview video above that she was NOT at the home that night. When asked if she heard anything, that would have been the Perfect opportunity to say: "I was NOT there." Instead, she says she heard nothing and NOW redacts to say she was not at the home. C'Mon..of Course she doesn't suspect her little boy. Most mother's wouldn't..and I do NOT think she has a clue what happened in that home that fateful night. IMO, this interview means Nada. MOO.

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Interesting info on statement analysis

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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:57 pm

Some Waterville area children fearful after toddler Ayla’s disappearance, mental health agency says
By Jackie Farwell, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 04, 2012, at 8:14 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 05, 2012, at 4:45 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — Some local children exposed to media coverage about the disappearance of toddler Ayla Reynolds are growing fearful and anxious, according to an area mental health agency.

Staff at Kennebec Behavioral Health, which operates four clinics in central Maine, have reported children struggling to cope as the case stretches into its third week, said clinical director Dr. Karen Mosher.

“They’re seeing a number of children who were experiencing anxiety and fear in regard to the situation,” she said. “Some of these are children who have been exposed to a lot of media attention and drama.”

Mosher did not have specific information about the number of children or their ages.

The story has captured a national audience. Reynolds’ father, Justin DiPietro, appeared earlier this week on NBC’s “Today” show to urge the kidnapper to return the 20-month-old to her family. The toddler’s mother, Trista Reynolds, appeared on the program last week and told host Matt Lauer she was worried the girl may not be safe in her father’s care.

DiPietro reported Ayla missing from his home in Waterville on Dec. 17. He told police he had put her to bed the night before and discovered her gone the next morning. Police have declared her disappearance a crime. A $30,000 reward, the largest in state history for a missing person case, has been offered for information leading to her whereabouts.

The disappearance of a child is such a rare and trying event that parents can find it difficult to help their children cope with a shaken sense of safety, Mosher said.

“People want their children to be safe,” she said. “This kind of thing is terrifying, and people are desperate to help their children. But frightened children are not safer children.”

Parents who stay calm have the best chance of soothing kids’ fears, Mosher said.

“A lot of it has to do with reassuring children that parents are confident in their ability to keep them safe,” she said.

Mosher also recommends evaluating how much media exposure about the case is appropriate and allowing children to skip community events such as prayer vigils if they feel uncomfortable. She offers additional resources and strategies in a recent blog post.

The Waterville Police Department publicized the blog post through social media Wednesday. Mosher said Thursday she first approached police before spreading the word, to avoid interfering with or undermining the case in any way.

Waterville’s public schools, which employ some counselors from Kennebec Behavioral Health, haven’t received any reports from students or parents about anxiety in connection with the Reynolds case, according to Superintendent Eric Haley.

One fifth-grade class at the Albert S. Hall School talked to counselors when the toddler first disappeared, he said. But the discussion centered around students’ curiosity, including how Reynolds went missing and where she might be, rather than on struggles to cope with her disappearance, Haley said.

If a child continues to cry, worry, have trouble sleeping or exhibits other symptoms of distress despite parents’ best efforts, a visit to a primary care doctor is in order, Mosher said.

Kennebec Behavioral Health’s clinic in Waterville can be reached at 873-2136

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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:01 am

Ayla Reynolds case fuels few public leads, ample speculation
By David Carkhuff
Jan 10, 2012 12:00 am
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In the nationally publicized case of Ayla Reynolds, there's been no shortage of speculation about the missing Waterville toddler whose disappearance in mid-December has turned into a widely followed criminal investigation.

And while authorities for weeks have urged the public not to speculate or spread rumors, on Saturday, one of the most closely followed Facebook pages devoted to the missing girl, "Find Ayla Reynolds Missing Since 12/16/2011 From Waterville, Maine," apparently changed course and solicited personal opinions.

"It's been 22 days since Ayla Reynolds was reported Missing," the page administrator posted Saturday. "What do you think happened to Ayla? This is an open discussion, all comments will be allowed. Your theories, suggestions, clues and observations are of interest to us all."

This new tack from a page that boasts over 12,000 followers flies in the face of official police policy. On Thursday, Waterville Police wrote, "Responding publicly to rumors is a dangerous thing for us to do — once we start, where to we stop? This afternoon, however, we want you to know that Ayla Reynolds has NOT been located. Help stop — not perpetuate — inaccurate rumors. Please share widely."

Tim Caya of Brookings, S.D., who has been using the Internet to assist in missing-persons cases since 2006, wrote on his page that he is the administrator of the "Find Ayla Reynolds" Facebook page. Caya said he decided to open up the page to speculation out of a quest for fairness, based on the type of allegations surfacing on the page.

Caya said he copied the solicitation statement from a TV news website discussing another missing persons case in Iowa.

"Facebook doesn't have the option to disable comments, so I figured why not post that and allow both sides to have their say?" he said.

In one of his early posts, Caya seemed reticent to speculate. He wrote, "The culprit has yet to be identified, I know everyone has suspicions, even me, but after doing this for 5 years I have been wrong before which is why I don't want to publicly lay blame on anyone."

And on Dec. 22, five days after its launch, the "Find Ayla Reynolds" page admonished followers to "ignore the rumours." The post was responding to a press statement from Waterville Police trying to quash rumors about the investigation.

One follower of the Waterville Police Facebook page wrote, "Thank you Waterville Police for the rumor update. You guys are doing your best to serve and protect people from all the harassment that can be caused from a few social texts."

Still, easily a majority of the thousands of Facebook posts about Ayla Reynolds have offered ample speculation and rumor. Many blame the mother or the father or question details of the investigation.

The facts about Ayla Reynolds are few: Family members reported seeing the blonde toddler alive on Friday, Dec. 16, when she was living with her father, Justin DiPietro. Then, she was reported missing Saturday morning, Dec. 17, officials said. She was last seen wearing green, one-piece pajamas with polka dots, with the words "Daddy's Princess" on them. Her left arm is in a soft cast, according to the missing persons information.

DiPietro told police his daughter was last seen sleeping in her bed at about 10 p.m. on Dec. 16, according to police. Since Ayla Reynolds was reported missing, Waterville Police have named Maine State Police as lead agency investigating her disappearance, and deemed the case a criminal investigation, not a missing persons case.

At a candlelight vigil in Portland's Congress Square on Dec. 23, Ayla's mother, Trista Reynolds of Portland, and other family members pleaded for the safe return of the 20-month-old girl.

Behind the pleas for information has been a steady flow of conjecture and allegations, based on a review of the hundreds of Facebook posts. On Monday, The Portland Daily Sun placed a post on the "Find Ayla Reynolds" page asking why the page has begun soliciting speculation.

Barbara Brady-Plonowski responded to The Daily Sun's post, writing, "This page has turned into a witch hunt since opening the comments to 'speculation.' People post their 'theories' without even reading what little known has been reported. These wannabe investigators & interview analysts take rumors about JD (Justin DiPietro) & TR (Trista Reynolds) & their families and just run & spin them into never-ending spiels. Since I don't know either family, I'm reserving any judgement until I receive much more FACTS from the offices investigating the matter on missing Ayla. I refuse to speculate until more information is released."

Yet, a subsequent post by another page follower read, "I have heard nothing here that I haven't heard being said in the community. People are frustrated and just want to help Ayla. People talk and theorize in every important case especially a child."

Glenn Parkhurst, a contractor who lives on the same street as the Ayla Reynolds home in Waterville, said he is following the Facebook commentary. He has no Internet at home, so it's not an option there, but when he can log on, he offers his own views on the "Find Ayla Reynolds" page.

"The only thing I've heard is the police said they can't entertain rumors. That's pretty much it," Parkhurst said in an interview Monday.

The scarcity of new information coincides with a shift from a very public search, involving even the FBI, to an investigation where few details are being revealed.

Parkhurst said, "I haven't seen any police in quite a while, and the last time I brought coffee down to them, the state police were there, and they brought my thermos back to me and said they weren't going to be outside the house anymore."

Now, there's little if any police presence at the house, he said.

"The family is back in the house now. I see their cars there, and I see they've put 'no trespassing' signs up," Parkhurst said.

State police issued an update last week, reporting no new developments in the investigation. An effort to contact state police for an update on Monday went unanswered.

A group of private citizens and businesspeople in the Waterville area are offering a $30,000 cash reward for information leading to the location and return of Ayla to her family.

Anyone with information on the location of Ayla Reynolds is urged to contact Waterville Police at 680-4700.

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Ayla Reynolds Rumors Intensify After Police Ask Them to Stop
January 10, 2012 05:15 AM EST

The Ayla Reynolds case isn't producing very many new developments aside from Grandma DiPietro's story changing via CNN. However, it seems that the Waterville Police are getting fed up with the rumors and speculation surrounding this child's mysterious disappearance. Even though they've asked for rumors and speculation to stop, several Facebook pages designed for finding the missing tot have increased their speculative posts. Could this be a retaliation against the requests of the WPD, or is this just a display of human nature?

The Waterville Police said the following on Thursday in regards to rumors about missing baby Ayla Reynolds:

"Responding publicly to rumors is a dangerous thing for us to do — once we start, where to we stop? This afternoon, however, we want you to know that Ayla Reynolds has NOT been located. Help stop — not perpetuate — inaccurate rumors. Please share widely."

Still, one of the most prominently "liked" Facebook pages regarding the missing tot posted the following:

"What do you think happened to Ayla? This is an open discussion, all comments will be allowed. Your theories, suggestions, clues and observations are of interest to us all."
The moderator of the page says they wanted to open the comments up to "both sides" of the situation. Perhaps it's a good thing to speculate. Believe it or not, speculation offers different view points on the known evidence in cases, and can sometimes point out missed clues to police. However, it seems that the Maine State Police and the WPD aren't interested in help, nor are they interested in providing the public with information about this case.

The source mentions that this is a criminal investigation and not a missing persons case, bringing to light (once more) that the officials on this case haven't communicated the facts openly. This is still a missing persons case, and it is also a criminal investigation. Until Ayla Reynolds is found (or something significant) it may not change anytime soon.

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Ayla Reynolds' Mother Says She's Not Getting 'Whole Truth' About Missing Toddler

Posted by Janis Esch on January 10, 2012 8:18 AM

The mother of Ayla Reynolds, a missing Maine toddler, says she has spoken to the girl's father but still has unanswered questions about the disappearance.

Trista Reynolds said Tuesday that she still isn't getting "the whole truth" about what happened in Justin DiPietro's Waterville home on the night that 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds went missing.

Reynolds had criticized DiPietro for refusing to speak to her after Ayla's disappearance. She said Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show that they've now spoken, but she still wonders why he waited more than two weeks to make a public appearance to appeal for the return of their daughter.

DiPietro told authorities he last saw Ayla on the night of Dec. 16. He called the police the next morning when he discovered she wasn't in her bed.

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Mother of Ayla Reynolds Speaks Out Again

January 10, 2012 03:50 PM EST

Baby Ayla Reynolds is still missing from the Waterville, Maine area and her mother, Trista Reynolds, has spoken out publicly again. This time Trista says that Justin DiPietro has finally gotten in touch with her, but she says that she is not "getting the whole truth," from the father of her missing baby.

Justin DiPietro reported his 20-month-old daughter missing on December 17, 2011. Since then, Trista Reynolds has been quite vocal about her daughter's disappearance. Ayla Reynolds was in DiPietro's care after Trista had to complete drug rehab, showing that the child hasn't necessarily lived in a healthy situation her whole life.

Still, Trista Reynolds seems to be the concerned parent in all of this. She lives over an hour and a half from Justin, so she's probably pulling her hair out in stress over not knowing what may have happened to her little girl.

Trista Reynolds also says she doesn't understand why Justin DiPietro waited over two weeks before finally making statements physically to the media, pleas to bring their daughter home. She's one of the many who find Justin's behavior suspicious and she knows him personally.

Does the mother of Ayla Reynolds trust Justin's mom?

It was proven that Phoebe DiPietro flat-out lied during an interview with CNN on Friday. Why would the mother of Justin DiPietro need to fabricate facts for her son, if their family is really not responsible for Ayla's alleged abduction? It would be interesting to know what Trista thinks of all of this, and it would be interesting to know why Phoebe DiPietro felt the need to lie to CNN and the entire nation. What really happened that night?

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Ayla Reynolds case: Grandmother not in house when child disappeared

Posted on January 9, 2012 by Valhall

CNN just revealed that when Phoebe DiPietro granted them an interview and discussed the situation in the house on the night Ayla disappeared, she had been misleading in her statements and actually was not in the house at all that night. A revelation that makes her statements about how there was no party in that house that night, and that no family members were involved in the child’s disappearance….void. She wasn’t there.

Let’s see how blatantly misleading Ms. DiPietro was in her initial CNN article. She heard nothing while she slept that night. She wasn’t the last one to go to bed that night.

Seriously?

So she somehow convinced the CNN reporter that her “accidentally” misleading statements were because she was trying to be so careful at following law enforcement’s instructions on not revealing information about details of that night. Well, then you don’t grant the damned interview. OR, you can’t answer any questions about that night…which would be closest to the truth since you weren’t even there!

I take back everything I said about Phoebe DiPietro’s interview making me feel better. When someone commits this level of subterfuge all I think is that they’re liars….and not much else. So feign innocence and sincere regret at misleading a national news agency, Phoebe. I’m not buying it.

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