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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:40 pm

I am beginning to also think Justin was too rough with her and she died. He knew if he took her to a hospital, he would be arrested.

The question remains: Where is she? They have certainly done a great job of hiding her..but look at the Anthony case..they searched for 6 mo and she was found steps (literally) from the Ant's home. And, now, it's possible they've found Hailey Dunn which is right by Shawn Adkin's mothers place. So, you just never know.

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Post by artgal16 on Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:53 pm

Wrap what is the about finding Hailey Dunn? Is there a link please?
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Post by MrsH on Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:17 pm

They're not sure if it's Hailey yet. All they found was human remains.

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Post by artgal16 on Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:24 pm

Thanks for the link -it says bones have been there a "long time" - well Hailey disappeared 16 months or so thats a long time. We just have to wait to see.
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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:53 pm

Art, here's the link on VH. You will have to go back a page to see that gnreed gave us the head's up this afternoon.

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Post by Wrapitup on Sat Mar 24, 2012 4:04 pm

Search resumes for missing Maine tot Ayla Reynolds

By Associated Press
Saturday, March 24, 2012 - Added 6 hours ago

WATERVILLE, Maine — With the ground clear of winter’s snow, about 100 searchers aided by tracking dogs renewed their search Saturday for a Maine toddler who’s been missing three months.

Volunteers, firefighters and game wardens met with police Saturday morning, then began searching woods and fields in Waterville for any sign of Ayla Reynolds, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland.

Searchers are targeting places that were not thoroughly searched over the winter when the ground was frozen.

"The snow’s melted and there are areas the wardens wanted to look at once the snow was gone," McCausland said.

Ayla was 20 months old when she was last seen the night of Dec. 16 at her father’s home in Waterville. She was reported missing the following morning when her father, Justin DiPietro, said he discovered her bed empty.

Ayla’s mother, Trista Reynolds, lives in Portland.

Police are treating her disappearance as a crime, but no one has been charged. An undisclosed amount of Ayla’s blood was found in the partially finished basement that DiPietro used as his bedroom, and police have said that DiPietro and two other adults in the home that night haven’t been totally forthcoming.

DiPietro has said he has no idea what happened to his daughter or who is responsible.

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I am hoping now that the snow is melting and it's getting warmer, she will be found!

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Normal Ayla Reynolds' Doctor Records at Odds with Dad's Injury Description

Post by Wrapitup on Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:10 pm

By Carol Bengle Gilbert

More records are being released in the Ayla Reynolds case. On Thursday, some of the medical records relating to the missing baby's broken arm were posted online, Jeff Hanson, Ayla's step-grandfather, said in an email. This information follows the release of information about how much of the toddler's blood was found in her father Justin DiPietro's house and where exactly it was found.

Here's what that new information and other recently released details of the case show:
* Medical records from Ayla's visit to the arm specialist to treat a broken arm, released on Answers for Ayla today, reference two visits, Nov. 14 and Nov. 21. They reflect treatment for a fracture of the distal humerus above the supracondylar region. In the Nov. 14 report, the doctor stated the fracture was a little bit displaced but indicated the prospect for complete remodeling without surgery was very good, given Ayla's age.
* The doctor noted that the injury occurred three days before this visit, placing the injury on Nov. 11, exactly one week later than previously indicated by Ayla's mother, Trista Reynolds. Despite this date correction, Justin DiPietro's account to the Kennebec Journal of his alleged fall on the baby on a rainy night in the dark remains inconsistent with Wunderground weather records. Those records indicate it did not rain in Waterville on Nov. 11 at any time between sunset at 4:15 pm and midnight.
* This Nov. 14 medical report contains details of the broken arm that differ from the DiPietro family's description of the injury. In January, Justin DiPietro described the injury for the Kennebec Journal as a broken forearm. He said the morning after a trip and fall incident, his mother Phoebe DiPietro "showed me Ayla's hand and it was swollen." It looked like a bad bruise, according to Phoebe DiPietro but she told the Kennebec Journal she later looked under Ayla's sleeve and noticed the full extent of the swelling. The distal humerus is where the upper arm connects with the elbow hinge, not the forearm.
* The Nov. 21 follow-up visit record shows that the arm was healing. The doctor recommended Ayla remain in the splint for approximately 10 days, then return for an x-ray.
* Hanson disclosed Wednesday the precise location where Ayla's blood was found. Ayla's blood was next to her father Justin DiPietro's bed, he said lead investigators on the case told Trista and her mother. While investigators allegedly told the family the amount of blood was more than a cupful, police did not tell the family whether there was any blood splatter. Blood spatter or other evidence of bloodstain shape would help ascertain what kind of trauma caused the bloodshed.
* DiPietro's friend Heidi Tudela previously posted online that Ayla suffered a tiny cut on her foot that required a band-aid about two weeks before she disappeared. This minor cut would not be the source of a cupful of blood. The cut represents a fifth reported injury to Ayla, allegedly occurring under Justin's watch. In the two months before Justin took Ayla into his house, Ayla sustained a pulled leg muscle and facial bruises Trista said happened during visits with him; during the eight weeks Justin had Ayla living in his house, she suffered a broken arm, and the cut foot, as well as the injury that spilled more than a cup of her blood alongside his bed.
* Police spokesman Steve McCausland declined Monday to confirm or deny the amount of Ayla's blood found in the DiPietro residence, according to the Kennebec Journal.
* Hanson revealed on his blog that DiPietro has allegedly been sending text messages to Trista Reynolds, recently. Hanson says DiPietro said in those messages his family "knows for a fact that Trista has Ayla" and that she "cannot hold out forever"." These messages could prove to represent honest suspicion on DiPietro's part, or an effort to throw law enforcement off the trail. In the latter event, the texts might become evidence of obstruction of justice.
* DiPietro's child support payments were not up to date at the time Ayla disappeared, Hanson says. So far, he has not disclosed the extent of the alleged arrearage. DiPietro's child support debt may prove important in untangling what happened to Ayla. While allegedly falling behind on child support payments, DiPietro reportedly spent money to buy life insurance on the 20 month old baby.

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Normal 100 searchers look for missing Ayla Reynolds, find remains of Waterville man missing since 2004

Post by Wrapitup on Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:55 pm

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff
Posted March 24, 2012, at 10:10 a.m.
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WATERVILLE, Maine — About 100 searchers fanned out around Waterville Saturday looking for a sign of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds, who disappeared from her father’s home on Dec. 17.

Searchers found no signs of Ayla, but Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland says they did discover the remains of 53-year-old Steven Brandon of Waterville, who was reported missing in 2004, along Messalonskee Stream. Foul play is not suspected in his death.

Among those looking for Ayla was Jen Dorman of Down East Emergency Medical Institute of Orono, who was at the search headquarters at Thomas College on Saturday afternoon. She said it wasn’t her first time searching for the little girl, whose second birthday is April 4.

“It’s haunting,” she said. “Every night you go to bed and you think about it. It keeps me up every night. We put blood and sweat and tears into this search. We’ll do it until we bring her home — that’s what we’re here for.”

Lt. Kevin Adam of the Maine Warden Service said that the spell of unseasonably warm weather is a primary reason why officials decided to launch another large-scale search for Ayla.

“It got rid of all that snow,” he said outside the mobile command center that was parked at Thomas College in Waterville. “It’s a perfect day to search, actually. It really worked out well for us.”

He said that the effort began about 7 a.m. and involved both re-searching old areas and looking at new ones. Volunteers from the Maine Association of Search and Rescue, local fire departments, the Maine State Police, the Maine Warden Service and 10 canine teams came from all over the state to take part in the search.

“It’s a good turnout,” Adam said.

Around mid-morning, searchers working behind the Alfond Youth Center on North Street found the skeletal remains of Brandon. His identification was found near the remains, according to McCausland.

Brandon apparently had disappeared from Winter Street in February 2004, which is across the Messalonskee Stream from where his remains were found. McCausland said officials notified his mother before releasing the information to the media. His remains will be taken to the Maine state medical examiner’s office, police said.

No further details about his disappearance were available Saturday.

McCausland called the finding “coincidental” to the search for Ayla, who was 20 months old when she was last seen the night of Dec. 16 at her father’s home in Waterville. She was reported missing the next morning when her father, Justin DiPietro, said he discovered her bed empty.

Ayla’s mother, Trista Reynolds, lives in Portland.

Police are treating her disappearance as a crime, but no one has been charged. An undisclosed amount of Ayla’s blood was found in the partially finished basement that DiPietro used as his bedroom, and police have said that DiPietro and two other adults in the home that night haven’t been totally forthcoming.

DiPietro has said he has no idea what happened to his daughter or who is responsible.

“It’s been frustrating to police since December,” McCausland said, adding that police communication with DiPietro, his sister and his girlfriend has now essentially stopped.

Law enforcement agents have received nearly 1,000 leads about her disappearance and followed every one, he said. So far, overtime costs related to her case have added up to more than $100,000.

“We have an incredible amount of information that’s been gathered,” he said.

Even though the Saturday search didn’t turn up information about Ayla’s disappearance as volunteers combed through wooded terrain around Waterville, Oakland, Sidney, Norridgewock and Fairfield, it still was useful.

“We have now eliminated a great deal of Waterville,” McCausland said.

Among the searchers were Kelly Pontbriand of Gouldsboro with her border collie Tycho and Leslie Howe of Columbia with her German shepherd Frida, who are part of Maine Search and Rescue Dogs. The two- and four-legged searchers each wore blaze orange and carried GPS units with them as they prepared to investigate a wet, sparsely wooded 47-acre parcel near a residential neighborhood in Oakland.

“We want to help bring closure,” Pontbriand said. “Even if the outcome is not great, we’re still happy to go out and spend our time looking.”

Those words were echoed by Sharon Kenney of Corinth, who hit the ground with six other members of Maine Mounted Search and Rescue. They did not have their horses with them.

“I was happy to be part of something that might bring closure to the family,” she said.

It was the first time some of her team members have searched on foot.

“It was very educational,” she said. “You get right down there in the thorns and the puckerbrush and the mud.”

Warden Rick LaFlamme said that he left Biddeford at 2:30 a.m. to head north to help coordinate the search. He showed the maps and satellite photographs that the grid and canine searchers were using to look for the missing toddler. Points of interest, where police had received tips about Ayla, were marked on the maps.

“Hopefully we’ll find something that will lead us to finding Ayla,” he said. “We’re just going to keep trying. We’re not going to give up, that’s for sure.”

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Post by artgal16 on Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:57 pm

So the police have -multiple injuries to Ayla, blood in the house, initial denial the child was his, late on child support payments, a life insurance policy taken out on an infant, and most important of all a missing toddler - and they cant make an arrest? What the hell more do they need?
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Post by Wrapitup on Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:57 pm


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The family of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds and the non-profit "Lost N Missing" are holding a vigil in honor of her 2nd birthday next week.

Ayla went missing from her father's home in December, and police say they still do not know what happened to her.

Trista Reynolds says her goal for this vigil is to remember Ayla, celebrate her energy and happy personality, and leave all the finger pointing that has come because of her disappearance aside.

Reynolds says there's going to be a cake for Ayla, balloons, and some guitar music. Ayla loved dancing to music, especially pop hits like Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger."

But this is also a vigil and a rememberance that Ayla is still out there somewhere. The family will be selling T-shirts and bracelets to raise money for the search for Ayla, too.

Ayla's little brother, Raymond, turns 1 tomorrow. And Reynolds says his milestone is bringing back all kinds of memories of Ayla.

"My daughter, my firstborn is turning two years old," Reynolds said. "And I don't get to celebrate it with her. I have no idea where she is. And I can sit here and celebrate Raymond's birthday with him and be in the same room and enjoy it, but with Ayla I can't do that. I can't give her a present. I can't have cake with her and say just "happy birthday." You know what i mean? I can't do any of that with her. I can't share that special moment with her. I have to be in memory of it. And it's not fair."

State Police have said that Ayla's father, Justin DiPietro, his sister Elisha, and his girlfriend, Courtney Roberts know more than they are saying about what happened to Ayla, and that they are no longer speaking to police. We attempted to contact DiPietro, but our call was not returned.

Reynolds says even though she's upset with DiPietro, he is Ayla's family, too. And she wants his side of the family to feel welcome to remember Ayla at the vigil, as well.

The vigil will be held on Wednesday night from 6 until 7:30 p.m. at Monument Square in Portland. People are asked to wear purple, yellow or green, if possible.

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Post by Wrapitup on Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:01 pm

Ayla Reynolds’ mom believes father has answers to toddler’s fate
By DAVID SHARP, The Associated Press
Posted March 29, 2012, at 2:46 p.m.
Last modified March 29, 2012, at 3:15 p.m.

Trista Reynolds holds son Raymond Fortier while talking about her missing daughter Ayla Reynolds in Portland on Feb. 15, 2012. Ayla went missing from her father's home in Waterville in December. Buy Photo

PORTLAND, Maine — The mother of a toddler missing since December says she was in denial for three months but has come to accept the heart-wrenching possibilities of what may have happened to her daughter, whose whereabouts remain unknown as her second birthday approaches.

Trista Reynolds says she continues to pray for Ayla’s safe return but needs answers — good or bad — about her daughter’s fate. She believes Ayla’s father, Justin DiPietro, has the answers. Police also believe DiPietro knows more than he’s told investigators.

“I’m tired of wondering and I’m tired of worrying,” she told The Associated Press. “It’s just not fair. And Justin is the one who could end all of this in a matter of minutes.”

DiPietro didn’t return a message left on his cellphone Thursday. Steve Bourget, a lawyer representing some of DiPietro’s family members, didn’t return a message at his Augusta office.

Ayla was 20 months old when she was last seen in DiPietro’s home on the night of Dec. 16 in Waterville, 75 miles north of Portland, where the Reynolds family lives. She was reported missing the following morning when her father said he discovered her bed empty.

Police say DiPietro and two other adults who were in the house when Ayla disappeared know more than they’ve divulged. The three also stopped communicating with state police investigators, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Last weekend, about 100 volunteers aided by tracking dogs renewed their search for Ayla, who turns 2 next week.

Although searchers found no signs of Ayla, the receding snow revealed the remains of a 53-year-old Waterville man who was reported missing in 2004.

Ron Reynolds, Trista’s father, says he’s grateful that searchers didn’t find Ayla because that means there’s hope that she’ll be found safe and sound.

“It’s a good sign that they didn’t find anything,” Reynolds said, adding that the family needs answers one way or the other. “Family members need to have closure.”

The passing time hasn’t brought many answers.

State police declared Ayla’s disappearance a crime, confirmed the presence of her blood in DiPietro’s bedroom and debunked the possibility that someone sneaked into the house and whisked the little girl away.

But there have been no signs of Ayla. Nor have there been any arrests.

Investigators continue to work on the case every day, said Lt. Christopher Coleman, commander of the state police major crimes unit for the northern half of Maine.

“This case remains very active,” Coleman said Thursday from his office in Augusta. “We’re still getting results back from the Maine State Police crime lab. We’re working as hard as we can on it. We’re hoping we get that one lead that helps to break the case wide open.”

Ayla was placed in her father’s care after Trista Reynolds entered a substance abuse rehabilitation program in Lewiston in October. Reynolds completed the program and filed court paperwork seeking Ayla’s return two days before DiPietro reported her missing.

Trista Reynolds says she initially gave DiPietro the benefit of the doubt — despite a broken arm that occurred while Ayla was in his care — and acknowledges that Justin was “amazing” at times with Ayla.

But she worries that DiPietro may have had a difficult time dealing with Ayla because she was high-strung and used to being the center of attention in her home.

“What’s really on my mind on a daily basis is I’m wondering every day whether my daughter is dead or alive. That’s what I want to know. Is she alive or is she dead?” Reynolds said. “… At least tell me that little bit.”

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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:09 pm

By Carol Bengle Gilbert | Yahoo! Contributor Network – Sat, Mar 31, 2012

The blog Juststopthelies released what it claims are text messages from Trista Reynolds to Justin DiPietro, parents of missing baby Ayla Reynolds. The messages present Trista's half of alleged conversations from Jan. 16 to Feb. 20. Trista's stepfather, family spokesman Jeff Hanson, confirmed on JSTL and his own blog Answers for Ayla the released texts appear to be legitimate, though selective, communications from Trista to Justin.

Mystery Witness Allegedly Saw Baby Thrown
The messages reveal a potential witness to Justin allegedly abusing Ayla. Trista texted Justin Feb. 10, "I JUST AN EMAIL (sic) FROM A FRIEND OF YOURS THAT STATES HE SAW YOU THROWING AYLA THAT THEY WHERE (sic) IN THE HOUSE…" The friend was not identified.

JSTL's administrator denied possessing Justin's end of the conversation and challenged Hanson to publish it. Readers split on whether JSTL's motive was hiding Justin's communications or prompting their release by Trista, perhaps because Justin deleted sent texts.

In declining to comment on the texts or post Justin's end of the conversations, Hanson noted Justin's communications to Trista may have bearing on Ayla's disappearance.

Silence Broken
The same day the texts published, Justin broke his silence, granting a joint interview to the Kennebec Journal along with his mother Phoebe DiPietro and sister Elisha DiPietro. Courtney Roberts, Justin's girlfriend, staying with him when he reported Ayla missing, did not participate.

The interview focus was two-fold: challenging police assertions the DiPietros ceased communicating with authorities and launching a counter-attack questioning police competency. One issue slipped into the discussion was the 911 call reporting Ayla missing.

Clamor for 911 Transcript Release
So far, Waterville police have kept the 911 call under wraps. Police denied the Morning Sentinel's request for the recording and transcript in mid-January. Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said release would interfere with law enforcement proceedings. He justified the withholding under provisions authorizing police to keep intelligence and investigative information confidential.

Except where police claim privilege, 911 transcripts, redacted to remove confidential information, are public records under Maine statutes. 911 recordings are not publicly releasable.

Waterville police confirmed Justin placed the 911 call Dec. 17.
DiPietros Request 911 Tape Release
Speaking on behalf of Justin and herself, Phoebe advocated public disclosure of the 911 recording in Friday's Kennebec Journal interview.

"Why not release the 911 tape? Who is that going to hurt?" she said.
What might be behind the plea to make the call public?
Phoebe, a longtime resident of Maine, may be aware her request to make the 911 tape public will be denied as a matter of law. It may be the request reflects not a desire to see the call contents public but a ploy to appear open.

Or, the DiPietros may favor release, knowing the call is innocuous. On the other end of the spectrum, their motive could involve preparing a defense against any damning information in the call.

Releasing the 911 Call
The call may be crucial evidence for what Justin said or did not say, how he communicated, or information gleaned from background noise and conversation.

In January, Rumsey cited the need to ensure witnesses weren't regurgitating news reports when explaining the 911 call withholding. That rationale is less viable three and one-half months later.

Any advantage to the DiPietros from publicizing the transcript is one they'd enjoy before trial were they charged with a crime in connection with Ayla's disappearance. Whether the call makes the Waterville 3 look innocent or suspect, the transcript release may motivate them to speak out about what happened to baby Ayla Reynolds.

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Post by artgal16 on Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:23 pm

The message states " they saw you throwing Ayla they were in the house" -Is there something missing
from the text I wonder" Throwing Ayla - its an odd phrase to use, I wonder what she meant.
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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:32 pm

Great question! I hope more comes out on these texts.

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Post by Wrapitup on Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:52 pm

Ayla's family asks for help. Public asked to search property today, which is her birthday

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The maternal family of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds has issued a call for action among able-bodied residents of Maine and beyond.

BIRTHDAY VIGIL
Ayla Reynolds’ maternal family is holding a vigil at 6 p.m. today at 22 Monument Square in Portland to
commemorate her second birthday. A Waterville group calling themselves “Ayla’s Convoy” plans to travel to the vigil today from Elm Plaza at 3:30. Convoy organizers said anyone wishing to join them is welcome.

Today, on Ayla's second birthday, the family is asking people to search their property for any clues that might help investigators find the girl. The initiative is called a Gift for Ayla, and it first appeared last week on answersforayla.com, a blog maintained by Ayla's step-grandfather Jeff Hanson.

"We can cover more ground in a day than has ever been done in this state," the blog states. "It would be like signing a birthday card the length and breadth of Maine with ten thousand names in letters an acre high."

According to the site, the idea sprang from a recent press conference in Waterville when Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland urged residents of greater Kennebec County to search their property for clues.

Lt. Kevin Adam of the Maine Warden Service, who has led several multi-agency searches in the Waterville area, said Tuesday he encourages residents to perform their own searches in this case.

"People should search their land," he said. "We'll get a whole bunch of free searching, and somebody might come up with a clue. I think it's a good thing."

There are a few caveats, though.

"What we don't want is people getting lost in the woods," he said. "We also don't want people to overdo it. We want them to stay in their comfort zone."

Adam said he's also concerned that local police might be overwhelmed with well-meaning searchers alerting authorities to insignificant findings. He said there's a simple way to avoid that.

"If they find trash or garbage bags, or anything they can open and check out, I would say, 'Open it and check it out.' Then, if they find something they think is significant, they should leave it alone and call the local police to come and look at it," he said.

He also encourages searchers to be systematic when covering ground -- to move in straight lines -- to make sure nothing is missed.

Ayla was reported missing Dec. 17 by her father, Justin DiPietro. For the next five days, hundreds of law enforcement officers and volunteers scoured Waterville for clues until snow ended the effort. On March 24, after a week of unseasonably warm weather, the search effort was renewed and expanded into Oakland and parts of Fairfield, Norridgewock and Sidney.

Adam said plans are shaping up for more searches in the near future, but wasn't sure of dates.

McCausland said Tuesday he's pleased with the effort he inadvertently inspired.

"It's a wonderful gesture if homeowners decide to do that on Ayla's birthday," he said. "And, obviously, if there are any clues or signs, we want to hear from them."

A $30,000 reward has been offered for any information that leads investigators to Ayla's whereabouts.

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Post by Wrapitup on Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:01 pm

'More Than a Cupful' of Ayla Reynolds' Blood Found, Says Mom

Posted: 04/ 2/2012 1:01 pm

When Ayla Bell Reynolds was abducted in late December of 2012, she was 20 months old. Her second birthday is in less than a month and it doesn't seem like she will be found safe and sound by then. This case has been one wrought with inconsistency, confusion and conflict between the maternal and paternal families of the missing Maine tot. This case hasn't appeared to have gone cold as it seems that new details have leaked to the public via a blog maintained by Trista Reynolds and her family. However, police in Maine will not confirm or deny these claims as this Gather News article reports.

"More than a cupful" was used to describe the amount of blood discovered in the basement of Justin Dipietro. Trista Reynolds claims through her blog that this large amount of blood belonging to Ayla Reynolds was discovered in the basement, but police will not address this topic. Could it be that the amount of blood found in the basement was the result of a fatal injury? It was reported back when the discovery of the blood was announced that it was "more than what a small cut would produce," but officials wouldn't clarify further on it. Perhaps "more than a cupful" is a more accurate description -- and why would Trista Reynolds make such a thing up when she was so trusting of Justin DiPietro for the first few months of this case?

Sometimes in cases like these, the things that are not said are sometimes more noticeable than the things that are. For example, when a writer recently asked Trista Reynolds if drug trafficking could have played a role in Ayla's disappearance, she refused to address the question, but why? Could it be that drug trafficking is a topic that can't be discussed with media for reasons pertaining to the open and ongoing investigation? It is already well known by now that Justin DiPietro's circle is heavily involved in drugs -- even his girlfriend's apartment was raided not too long ago.

The general themes that have been the most apparent in the disappearance of Ayla Reynolds are drugs, violence and lies. The accusations of abuse against Justin DiPietro have been nearly universal, with the suspicion heightened by the fact that Ayla's arm was broken. Did Justin truly fall on her or did something else happen similar to whatever caused so much blood to be let in the basement? This is all speculation but if Trista Reynolds is beginning to feel convinced that something is wrong, then it probably is. This poor woman has been suffering and trying to get the DiPietro clan to be in contact with her. They haven't been. They've also still refused to come forward to tell detectives everything that went on in the home the night Ayla vanished.

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Post by artgal16 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:18 pm

If Trista's text to Justin was that he was "throwing Ayla" (thats all there was to the sentence) I was thinking maybe he was grabbing her by the arm and then throwing her down = rough treatment and that
she hit her head possibly on concrete in the basement
where his bed was. Do we know if the basement was carpeted or heated? As in the Powell case which ended so tragically with two children dying, the police have to start picking up the slack and get something to stick on all these parents that kill their children before they kill another child.
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Post by Wrapitup on Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:45 pm

Art, I thought the exact thing re: The Powell Case. I am afraid if they don't arrest Justin and family soon, they may off themselves and then we'll never know anything!

Great surmise on what Trista meant on "throwing Ayla".

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Post by Guest on Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:53 pm

I don't care what charge they use to arrest Justin just so they arrest him and put some pressure on him to talk. If drugs are involved it will be his downfall. LE is watching him closely. At least I hope so.
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Post by artgal16 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:54 pm

Yes they put away the Satsuma bunch for a long time
because of drugs - they should be able to get this bunch jailed until one of them talks and if they dont then throw the book at them for drugs - maximum sentences
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Post by raine1953 on Sun Apr 22, 2012 3:10 pm

WATERVILLE -- The father of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds told those attending a candlelight vigil Thursday night that it's time to turn the focus back on his child.

It was the sixth vigil held for Ayla, who has been missing since Dec. 17, and it marked the first time Justin DiPietro has spoken publicly since Jan. 2, when he appeared on NBC's "Today."

DiPietro began by thanking his family, friends and community members who attended. He acknowledged the tenor of public discourse after Ayla's disappearance has become divisive.

"In the past four months and two days, this has kind of gotten off track," he said. "It's been about me, or it's been about (Ayla's mother) Trista (Reynolds), when it should have been about Ayla."

About 60 people attended the vigil, which was held at New Beginnings Church of God on Main Street. Ushers outside the church prevented TV news cameras and a Morning Sentinel photographer from entering the building, at the request of Ayla's uncle, Lance DiPietro, the vigil's organizer. A Morning Sentinel reporter was allowed inside on condition that he would observe the event and not ask Ayla's family questions.

The Rev. Alan Imes set an early tone for the vigil by asking participants to set aside suspicion or anger.

"We don't know all the ins and outs of things," he said. "And we're not here to figure it out. We're just here to support. We're here to be a blessing. We're here to pray for her."

More than 20 members of Ayla's Angels, a local group that raises awareness and organizes small-scale searches for clues to the toddler's whereabouts, attended the vigil. Before entering the church, one of the group's organizers, Karen Francis, said she had mixed feelings about attending because she suspects Ayla's paternal family is responsible for her disappearance.

Later, the group stood en masse at the front of the church and took turns speaking into the microphone.

"I just want to see this beautiful baby home," Francis said. "Let's bring her home. Let's end this whole thing and just bring her home."

DiPietro said he has been working with website This Little Light of Maine to raise awareness for his missing daughter.

"We now have 62 billboards that are up across the country. They're in Washington, Oregon, California, Missouri, Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio and there's still more to come," he said.

He said efforts to find Ayla should be positive.

"That's about all we can do right now, is stay positive," he said. "Every day doesn't get any easier for me. Just please, please keep your eyes open and don't stop, and we will get her home."

Ayla was reported missing from her Violette Avenue home by her father on the morning of Dec. 17. Police believe foul play was involved and they say the three adults who saw her last -- father Justin DiPietro, his girlfriend, Courtney Roberts, and sister Elisha DiPietro -- aren't forthcoming with information.

All three attended Thursday's vigil.

Earlier in the day, Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland said that the investigation continues, but there are no updates.

Justin DiPietro contends Ayla was abducted. McCausland has said a kidnapping "did not happen."
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Post by artgal16 on Sun Apr 22, 2012 3:45 pm

I HATE it when they say the focus should not be on ME!
because that is what he is really saying - yeah right why should we investigate YOU - after all bruises, unattended medical condition and a big splotch of blood found in the place where you slept dont mean a darn thing when a child in your custody goes missing. Nice of him to have included Trista in that sentence. When are they going to lock him up?
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Post by Wrapitup on Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:45 pm

Source: Newly discovered items could be connected to missing toddler case
Police: Items being analyzed by crime lab

UPDATED 7:34 PM EDT Apr 26, 2012

WATERVILLE, Maine - Maine State Police are analyzing items discovered in the Kennebec River, and a source close to the investigation into missing toddler Ayla Reynolds tells News 8 those items could be connected to the Reynolds case.

Police say the items were discovered by a worker in the Kennebec River on Wednesday and were examined at the state police crime lab Thursday.

State police spokesman Steve McCausland says there is no way to tell if the items are related to the Reynolds case, but a source close to the investigation says the items discovered belong to a child and could be connected to Ayla's disappearance.

Ayla's father, Justin DiPietro, reported his daughter missing from his Waterville home on Dec. 17.

Police say Ayla's blood was found in the basement of the Violette Avenue home and have labeled her disappearance as suspicious.

No suspects have been named in her disappearance.

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Post by artgal16 on Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:46 pm

How long do we have to wait for justice in this case?
Still no sign of it.
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Post by raine1953 on Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:19 pm

Waterville - The mother of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds says a source close to the investigation told her items retrieved near the Hathaway Creative Center in Waterville this week were baby items.

Trista Reynolds says the source also told her someone who works at the center noticed the items and called police.

On Thursday, State Police confirmed items were recovered from behind the Hathaway Creative Center, but would not indicate specifically what those items were.

They were reported retrieved Wednesday and immediately taken to the State Police Crime Lab in Augusta for analysis.

Ayla Reynolds was 20-months-old when she was reported missing by her father in December.

Police believe foul play was involved.
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Post by Wrapitup on Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:43 pm

It never ceases to amaze me how LE and the FBI can do a very thorough search and come up w/nothing, yet a "worker" who is not even looking for items related to a missing child's case finds said items. We've seen it happen time and time again.

Let's all HOPE these are Ayla's clothing because after almost 6 months, the averages of her being alive are slim to none and hopefully, these items w/bring new clues to this case and an arrest w/Finally be made. I think we all know who is responsible for Ayla's demise and the fact that an alleged cup of her blood (which is a lot!!) was found in the basement, coupled with Justin's lack of assistance and Justin's mother's story changing is and has been enough evidence (IMHO) for him and members of his family to have been arrested months ago. my 2 cents

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Post by raine1953 on Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:50 am

Police are investigating items of interest which were found near to where missing two-year-old Reynolds was last seen in December.
Maine State Police found the items in the Kennebec River, located one mile away from the home she disappeared from on December 16.
Authorities would not say what exactly was discovered, according to Fox. The items were found behind the Hathaway Creative Center in Waterville.
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Post by Wrapitup on Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:59 am

My error, as I thought I had read somewhere that a "worker" found the items. In fact, I KNOW I did. Not going to try to find it as their are so many articles on this subject but no matter who found these items, I am Thrilled they now have at least something to go on!!

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Post by Wrapitup on Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:58 pm

Missing Toddler Ayla Reynolds Update Is Not 'Good News' For the Family

Posted by Sasha Brown-Worsham on April 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Nearly five months after she went missing, police said they might be closer to finding out what happened to missing toddler Ayla Reynolds. And while the police are not saying what "evidence" they found near the Kennebec River, it is not hard to worry about the worst for the missing 20-month-old.

The little girl disappeared on December 16 from her dad's house in Waterville, Maine and while there have been few signs of her, these latest findings suggest maybe they will find out what happened to the girl.

But the secrecy is scary. Why would cops not say what they found? That, coupled with Ayla's blood found in the basement of the home, makes it is easy to fear the worst.

In cases like these, we always hope for the child's loved ones that there will be some "closure." The pain that the family of missing 6-year-old Etan Patz who disappeared 33 years ago must deal with is unimaginable. Most parents say there could be nothing worse than having a child die. But there is something worse.

The limbo these parent and family members live with on a regular basis is hard to even imagine. Could my child still be a live? Is he or she suffering? How they can even go on is quite unimaginable.

So we hope for the parents and family that they get "closure." But is closure even possible for something like this? Even if Ayla is found and she is no longer alive, these parents and loved ones will suffer for the rest of their lives.

Police have already said they believe foul play was involved and that the three adults who saw Ayla last - her father Justin DiPietro, his girlfriend, Courtney Roberts, and sister Elisha DiPietro - aren't telling police all that they know. If they had something to do with the disappearance, her mother and grandparents will spend the rest of their lives feeling guilty.

No matter what the outcome, it does not look like this story will have a "happy ending." Missing children cases are always heartbreaking, but with one like this, it is hard to imagine whether it is better to know or not know.

There is no "closure." There is only pain and heartbreak.

Do you think Ayla will be found?

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Post by Wrapitup on Sat May 12, 2012 3:10 pm

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WATERVILLE — Police found more items in the Kennebec River that could potentially be linked to missing toddler Ayla Reynolds.

The items were found Tuesday in the diversion channel of the dam near the former Hathaway mill, according to Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland. This is the same area where police retrieved items on April 25.

McCausland wouldn’t specify what was found Tuesday or last month. Police don’t know if any of the items are related to the case.

“I’m not detailing what items were recovered from Tuesday’s event other than confirming that we did look,” he said.

The newly discovered items have been sent to the State Police Crime Laboratory in Augusta, he said.

McCausland said NextEra Energy Inc., which owns the dam, drained water from the channel to give investigators an opportunity to search the area. McCausland added that the dam owners had already planned to drain the channel for routine maintenance at a later date, but rescheduled the maintenance for Tuesday at the request of the state police.

A representative of NextEra Energy wouldn’t comment on the search when reached by email Friday.

Five state police divers searched areas of the channel that did not completely drain, McCausland said. Two detectives were also on scene.

McCausland said the dam operators began draining the channel early on Tuesday morning, and the search lasted about five hours.

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Post by Wrapitup on Sun May 13, 2012 4:37 pm

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The Maine State Police contacted Trista Reynolds, mother of missing baby Ayla Reynolds, on Friday, her stepfather and family spokesman Jeff Hanson said in an email. He said police expect to share with her the identity of the latest items found in the spillway behind the Hathaway building.

Hanson wrote on the Answers for Ayla blog that police plan to show Trista a photo of items recovered two weeks ago to see if she could identify them. All of the items have been sent to the police lab for testing, according to media reports.

Police revealed their recovery of new items from the Kennebec River spillway, the Morning Sentinel reported. Those items might be related to the investigation but no definite association has been established. This find follows an earlier recovery of unspecified items.

While police have not told the public whether the first set of items are relevant to the missing baby, their subsequent search in the same area suggests a connection. According to the Sentinel, Maine State Police asked NextEra Energy, owner of the dam, to drain the spillway earlier than planned for maintenance to facilitate Tuesday's search.

Social network posts by case followers state the items found two weeks ago might have been a small backpack or bag and a pink baby blanket.

The posts purportedly identifying the items prompted a responsive post by Hanson. He noted the maternal family has been asking police about a pink baby blanket with lady bug decoration and a purple cameo bag. The items were sent to the DiPietro home with Ayla and have sentimental value for the Reynolds family.

If these are among the items, Hanson's post raises the possibility they were deposited there subsequent to Ayla's disappearance. He said police told the Reynolds family the evidence includes a photo of a pink blanket on a radiator in basement of the DiPietro house. The Reynolds family hasn't been able to verify whether the pink blanket is the ladybug blanket and/or the same blanket subsequently found in the river.
This is the third time police have looked for evidence relating to Ayla in the Kennebec. This same area was also the subject of the first waterway search undertaken by MSP in January, according to the Bangor Daily News. The area is a mile from the DiPietro home where Ayla was staying before being reported missing.

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Post by Wrapitup on Sun May 20, 2012 2:42 pm

BY BEN MCCANNA Staff Writer

WATERVILLE -- A spokesperson for Maine State Police won't say whether the items retrieved from the Kennebec River in recent weeks are related to the case of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds, but her mother said some of the items are not.

Ayla's mother, Trista Reynolds, said a state police detective told her that items collected on May 8 are not related to the case, but wasn't told what they are.

Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland wouldn't comment on Reynolds' statement.

On April 25, police recovered undisclosed items from a diversion channel that runs alongside Hathaway Mill.

Two weeks later, state police divers and detectives returned to the same area and retrieved more items.

In both cases, McCausland wouldn't say what was found, but added everything would be tested at the crime lab to determine whether they were linked to Ayla Reynolds, who was reported missing Dec. 17 by her father, Justin DiPietro.

Police still haven't determined the relevance of the items from the initial discovery, Reynolds said.

Earlier this month, Reynolds was told that investigators planned to show her photographs of those items, but that hasn't happened yet, she said.

"I don't know when I will be seeing what was found," she said.

Reynolds said she felt mixed emotions upon learning that some items are not related to the case.

"I'm irritated, angry, frustrated and sad," she said.

"I'm more irritated than anything that we're back to Square 1."

Reynolds said she believes the three adults who were with Ayla the night before she was reported missing -- her father, aunt Elisha DiPietro and Courtney Roberts -- are withholding information.

Reynolds said her frustrations also extend toward state police.

"I think they could be doing a lot more than what they're doing," she said.

McCausland said Friday that he understands Reynolds' frustration and the frustrations of other people who have been following the case for five months.

"There's frustration on our part as well, some of which I've voiced quite publicly," he said, referring to his previously published assertion that Justin DiPietro, Elisha DiPietro and Roberts aren't telling the whole truth.

Justin DiPietro couldn't be reached for comment.

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Post by lisette on Mon May 28, 2012 4:57 pm

Ayla Reynolds: Police Comb Areas Where Snow Has Melted for Missing Maine Toddler

The winter snow has melted and Maine police are once again intensifying their search for missing toddler Ayla Bell Reynolds, who disappeared from her father’s home on Dec. 17, 2011.
Nearly 100 volunteers, firefighters and officers plan to search the Waterville, Maine area today in hopes that the bare land will yield new clues that will lead them to Ayla, who will turn 2-years-old on April 4.
Organizers implored landowners in the area to watch for anything unusual on their property that could be related to the case.
Ayla’s’ father, Justin DiPietro, told police in December that he believed his daughter was snatched from the bedroom of the Waterville, Maine home she shared with him between her 8 p.m. bed time on Dec. 17 and when he checked her bedroom in the morning.
Within days what began as the search for a missing child turned into a criminal probe, after investigators discovered blood in the basement of the home.
“What [police] were unwilling to confirm to the press, but left to our discretion, is that it has already been determined to be Ayla’s blood,” the family said in a statement said. “Even in light of this evidence we are more determined than ever to find out what has happened to Ayla and we still cling to the hope that she is alive and will be returned to us. We urge anyone that has information about Ayla to come forward now and unburden yourself of the truth.”
DiPietro, 24, and Trista Reynolds, 23, Ayla’s mother, who does not live in the home and was forced by Child Protective Services to place Ayla in DiPietro’s full-time care when she checked into rehab, have taken police-administered lie-detector tests.
Reynolds told WCVB that the test administrator concluded that she could not complete the test because of a medical condition.
DiPietro has said publicly that he passed the test, though Maine State Police would not comment on his claim.
Reynolds previously alleged that her daughter was bruised the last time she saw her, though DiPietro countered that those claims amounted to “accusation and insinuations.”
The family plans to hold a vigil on April 4 to mark the toddler’s second birthday.

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Normal Police to Give Update in Ayla Reynolds Case

Post by raine1953 on Wed May 30, 2012 3:54 pm

Waterville - Police will give an update Thursday afternoon in the Ayla Reynolds case.

The toddler was 20-months-old when she was reported missing from her father's Waterville home in December.

Investigators say Ayla's blood was found in the home and they don't believe the theory from adults in the home that she was kidnapped.

Last month, state police found items in the water behind the Hathaway Creative Center in Waterville that may be connected to her disappearance.

Police have not said what those items are.

Thursday's press conference is scheduled for 1:30pm.

TV 5 will bring you the information as soon as it is available.
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Post by artgal16 on Wed May 30, 2012 3:57 pm

Yes and blah blah blah - this is a sop to the concerned people who wonder why no arrest - the police are all waiting for a video of the crime -what we know:
Ayla abused or had injuries while in the care of her father
Her father didnt want her
Her father put a life insurance policy on her life and didnt have a job
Her blood was found in the home in his room (the basement)
what in the heck more do they need?
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Post by Wrapitup on Wed May 30, 2012 3:59 pm

Exactly, Art! Just like that Powell idiot!

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Post by Guest on Wed May 30, 2012 4:04 pm

artgal16 wrote:Yes and blah blah blah - this is a sop to the concerned people who wonder why no arrest - the police are all waiting for a video of the crime -what we know:
Ayla abused or had injuries while in the care of her father
Her father didnt want her
Her father put a life insurance policy on her life and didnt have a job
Her blood was found in the home in his room (the basement)
what in the heck more do they need?
I agree with you artgal.
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Normal Police: Unlikely Maine tot Ayla Reynolds is alive

Post by Wrapitup on Thu May 31, 2012 1:57 pm

By Glenn Adams
Associated Press / May 31, 2012

WATERVILLE, Maine—Law enforcement officials said Thursday for the first time that they believe a toddler who disappeared in the days leading up to Christmas is no longer alive.

Officials pressing for more information about Ayla Reynolds' whereabouts also announced at the news conference that a $30,000 reward for information on the case will expire June 30.

Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said investigators remain determined to solve the mystery of Ayla's disappearance.

"It has been 166 days since she was reported missing from her home in Waterville, and the work and the investigation goes on. There will be more searches, more dives and more interviews. And we are in this for the long haul. This case will never close until Ayla is found," McCausland told reporters.

Before the news conference, detectives called Ayla's parents to deliver the somber news that they no longer believe she'll be found alive.

Ayla was 20 months old when she was reported missing on Dec. 17 from her father's home in Waterville. The toddler had last been seen wearing polka dot pajamas with the words "Daddy's Princess" on them. She had a cast on her broken left arm.

Her father, Justin DiPietro, told police he thinks Ayla was abducted, but police say there's no evidence of that.

State police confirmed that Ayla's blood was found in the home and said the three adults in the house on the night Ayla disappeared know more than they're telling police.

Police repeated that assertion on Thursday when asked about the father. "We believe he knows more than he's told us," McCausland said.

Neither DiPietro nor a lawyer hired by members of his family returned a call.

There have been no arrests.


After Ayla was reported missing, dozens of game wardens, FBI agents and local and state police officers participated in the search in this central Maine city of 16,000 residents about 20 miles north of the state capital, Augusta.

Police checked trash bins and FBI agents knocked on doors. Officials even went so far as to drain a stream so wardens could get a better look.

Recently, divers searched the Kennebec River and retrieved some items. Investigators declined comment on those items Thursday.

Ayla had been placed in her father's care while her mother, Trista Reynolds, checked herself into a 10-day rehabilitation program.

Reynolds said previously that she'd tried to remain positive but she acknowledged losing faith that Ayla would be returned home.

"What's really on my mind on a daily basis is I'm wondering every day whether my daughter is dead or alive. That's what I want to know. Is she alive, or is she dead?" she told The Associated Press in April.

McCausland said police have received more than 1,000 tips and said people shouldn't expect it to be solved overnight. "This isn't `CSI' where everything is solved in 60 minutes," he said.

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Post by artgal16 on Thu May 31, 2012 2:02 pm

They need to go to the weak link - which is Justin's sister - I think if they put some pressure on her she might crack.
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Post by Wrapitup on Thu May 31, 2012 3:06 pm

I agree, Art.

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Post by Wrapitup on Thu May 31, 2012 3:07 pm

Ayla Reynolds, Missing Toddler, Believed Dead By Maine Police
Posted: 05/31/2012 3:39 pm

Authorities in Maine held a news conference Thursday afternoon to update the public on the case of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds. The two-year-old has been missing for nearly six months and authorities now report they think the child is dead.

"We think it is highly unlikely Ayla Reynolds will be found alive. Nothing points in that direction," said Steve McCausland of the Maine Department of Public Safety.

McCausland was joined at the news conference by Waterville attorney John Nale, who spoke directly to the person responsible for Ayla's disappearance, saying, "Someday you will be held accountable."

Investigators are searching for Ayla Reynolds, a 20-month-old Maine girl believed to have vanished from her bed while her family slept. Reynolds' father, Justin DiPietro, told investigators he last saw the child at around 8 p.m. on Dec. 16, 2011, when he put her to sleep in her own bedroom. The following morning, at around 8:50 a.m., he called police to say her bed was empty. This photograph was posted on a Facebook page dedicated to the missing toddler.

Nale said the $30,000 reward that is being offered for information in the case will end on June 30. The reward money was gathered through donations from residents and businesses in the Waterville area, he said.

According to McCausland, the reward is the biggest ever offered in Maine for a missing person.

"For someone who may be withholding information, there are now 30 days left to take advantage of this reward," McCausland said.

Ayla's father, Justin DiPietro, reported the child missing just before 9 a.m. on Dec. 17, 2011. DiPietro told authorities that he found an empty bed when he went to wake the child. Police say DiPietro, his girlfriend and his sister were all at home on the night of the disappearance.

Authorities maintain that DiPietro has not been cooperative or forthcoming with information regarding his daughter's disappearance.

"She did not leave that home by herself and she was not abducted," McCausland said. "We beleive [Justin DiPietro] knows more than he has told us. ... We think that he or the two others inside that home may have information that they just haven't told us."

McCausland said authorities suspect foul play and are still waiting on some items from inside Ayla's father's home to be analyzed by the crime lab. Regardless of those results, he said the case is far from cold and the investigation will continue.

"This isn't 'CSI' where everything is solved in 60 minutes. Some cases require a great deal of time and effort," he said. "This case will remain active until we find her. Period."

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Post by artgal16 on Thu May 31, 2012 3:08 pm

I dont like that comment "someday you will be held responsible" they said that in the John Benet case and it was never solved - here they have much more information but it sounds like they have given up
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Post by Guest on Thu May 31, 2012 5:32 pm

Is it because of the Anthony outcome LE is way to conservative in how cases like this are handled? I had a feeling LE was blowing a lot of smoke regarding this big news conference today. It was not news to me that Ayla is probably dead.
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Post by artgal16 on Thu May 31, 2012 5:34 pm

Yes we all know Ayla died December 16, 2011
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Post by Guest on Thu May 31, 2012 5:41 pm

After all these months it is highly unlikely to find her remains. And if they do there won't be any evidence. I can't believe they have not charged anyone with child neglect or child endangerment at the very least.
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Post by Wrapitup on Thu May 31, 2012 5:49 pm

After the Anthony case, we have learned so much. I think it's caused us to become somewhat sinister to these cases as we KNOW it's one or both of the parents and we KNOW the child is unfortunately Gone and that finding remains will be difficult. my 2 cents

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