Painful birthday approaches
Family shares early memories of toddler, who turns 2 this week
Ayla Bell Reynolds was born April 4, 2010
Twenty months later, she disappeared.
As the massive search for the toddler grew from days to months, tens of thousands of people learned her name through the news. They have seen her in photographs and video clips
Reynolds said every day is a challenge.
"I wake up, I pray that today will be the day that I get the phone call I'm anxiously waiting for. When it doesn't come in, I feel a lot worse," she said. "It's a nightmare. It's a never-ending nightmare."
FAMILY: Trista Reynolds, holding her son Raymond Fortier, with her mother Becca Hanson in Portland last week. Raymond turned 1 on Saturday. Reynolds is the mother of Ayla Reynolds, who was reported missing on Dec. 17. Ayla’s second birthday is Wednesday.
Dozens attend gathering for Ayla in Fairfield
Francis called Ron Reynolds and Trista Reynolds, Ayla's mother, at 2 p.m. Saturday from the VFW hall.
The 60 or so people at the VFW cheered for the toddler and shouted happy birthday to Trista Reynolds' son, Raymond Fortier, who turned 1 Saturday.
On a speaker phone, Ron Reynolds said he wished he could be in Fairfield but the family was celebrating Ray's special day in Portland.
"I appreciate everything everyone is doing up there," he said.
Francis said she and friends spent about three weeks pulling together Saturday's event. The $5 fee for adults and $3 fee for children will be donated in Ayla's name to two groups -- LostNMissing Inc. and Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, Francis said.
IN FAIRFIELD: A small shrine with pictures and teddy bears honoring missing toddler Ayla Reynolds at a gathering in honor of her at VFW Post 6924 on Saturday
Calvin said, "From today's story in the Sun Journal, I get the idea that if anyone solves this case, the police will be very happy to step in and take credit for bringing it to an end. ( in other words, it appears they "don't have a clue".)"
Calvin, you and I have no idea what evidence the police have and that's the way its supposed to be. I think its fair to say only three people know where Ayla's remains are. They have lawyered up. The police will look for leverage among the three to break their bond. Sooner or later that will happen. In the meantime the search for Ayla's remains continues. This crime will be solved!
Ayla's family asks for help
Public asked to search property today, which is her birthday
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."
Ayla’s family holds vigil in Portland to mark toddler’s second birthday
Bangor Daily News reporter Christopher Cousins is at the vigil for missing Waterville toddler Ayla Reynolds. Family and friends gathered in Portland’s Monument Square to mark the girl’s second birthday.
Below is Cousins’ coverage.
Ayla's family leads singing of 'Happy Birthday'; distributing pieces of a gigantic cake. #aylareynolds
Wed Apr 4, 2012 at 6:37 p.m.
Ayla Reynolds' birthday draws big crowd
More than 100 people -- friends, family and complete strangers -- joined in the outdoor celebration. Ayla's maternal family hosted the event and served pizza and birthday cake, played music and handed out balloons, bracelets and other mementoes to help keep awareness for their missing relative within the public consciousness.
Ayla's mother, Trista Reynolds, encircled by a ring of cameras and microphones, said the celebration helped mask the pain of not knowing.
FOR AYLA: A rally was held in support of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds in Portland’s Monument Square on Wednesday, her second birthday. Ayla’s mother, Trista Reynolds, right, and her friends, including Ashley Pouliot, left, listen to a song written for Ayla by musician Alan Pouliot, of Fairfield. Ayla was reported missing from her Waterville home on Dec. 17.
Keep your eyes open
Ayla Bell Reynolds, we will never stop looking for you
Focus on Ayla, Justin DiPietro says
'In the past four months and two days, this has kind of gotten off track,' says father of missing toddler at vigil
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."
Items recovered in Waterville may relate to Ayla Reynolds case
Items were recovered by investigators behind the Hathaway Creative Center in Waterville. McCausland would not disclose what the items were.
“We recovered some items yesterday. They will be reviewed like the hundreds of other items that have been found,” McCausland said Thursday evening.
Maine toddler still missing as 5-month mark nears
WATERVILLE — The frustration continues to grow for the family of a missing toddler as the five-month mark approaches with no arrests and no new developments.
Ayla Reynolds was 20 months old when she disappeared from the home of her father, Justin DiPietro, in Waterville on the night of Dec. 16. She was reported missing the following morning. The father's family contends Ayla was taken by someone, but police say there's no evidence of that.
Ayla Reynolds' mother says items found in river not related
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.
As media glare dims, search for Ayla continues
"Unless there's a change in the case, the majority of news media will not keep a case high up in the news," said Cynthia Caron, president and founder of LostNMissing -- a nonprofit organization that advocates for families of missing persons. "Eventually, it gets tucked away."
When that happens, it's up to the families and friends of lost children to keep awareness high, and it's up to the public to pay attention, Caron said. An alert public can sometimes crack a case.
Ayla Reynolds was reported missing from her Violette Avenue home in Waterville on Dec. 17. Maine State Police are asking that tips be directed to them at 207-624-7076
Police: Ayla Reynolds is likely dead
A $30,000 reward being offered in the case will be withdrawn in 30 days, said John Nale, a Waterville attorney who initially posted the money on behalf of several area businesses and individuals.
Nale and police urged anyone who knows what happened to Ayla to come forward.
“Your continued silence can only hurt,” Nale said. “This case is not going to go away. Some day you will be held accountable.”
"A $30,000 reward being offered in the case will be withdrawn in 30 days . . "
That's very telling. I had no idea the reward was that high. That kind of bait would have surely drawn out the rats, if there were any. I'm no Inspector Clouseau but I still see two plausible alternatives to dead: Either she was kidnapped for keeps or Justin sold her. If Justin sold her, it had to be for more than the $90k it would take to keep some for himself and keep the other two quiet.
Could declaring Ayla dead be some kind of ploy to rattle Justin?
Your correct about the rats, even criminals live by a code and children are out of bounds to the majority of common criminals. The most likely case is the person with knowledge about what happened is also implicated in a crime.
Police say it is ‘highly unlikely Ayla Reynolds will be found alive,’ seek more information from father
WATERVILLE, Maine — Police said Thursday that it is highly unlikely missing toddler Ayla Reynolds will be found alive but said the investigation and search will continue.
McCausland would not say whether DiPietro, or anyone else, is or is not considered a suspect in Ayla’s disappearance. But McCausland did say that DiPietro is free to leave town. The investigation, which has gone on for more than five months and ranks as the largest missing-person probe in state history, has now garnered 1,127 leads, but those leads are now coming more slowly. He said a core of detectives from the Maine State Police remain assigned to the case.
“This case will remain open and active until we find her. Period,” said McCausland.
By Jesse Scardina
WATERVILLE — Next month, the mother of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds plans to describe "horrific physical evidence"-....[that] was given to her by state police
Trista Reynolds recently gave birth to another child, and the press conference's timing is intended to allow her to recover.
Reynolds wrote.. she hopes the evidence she provides to the public will be enough to prosecute DiPietro.
Maine spokesman Steve McCausland
A good time to remember that the public can not prosecute anyone legally.
I wish her well in her recovery,and she has the support of her husband etc.etc. in it.
All aspects of this are so sad and go beyond just the disappearance of the child inthis case.
"The mother of toddler Ayla Reynolds revealed additional information "
"Trista Reynolds told WCSH-TV: in addition to finding Ayla's blood in the basement of father Justin DiPietro's home, where Ayla was reported missing, blood was found in DiPietro's truck, on his shoes and in his bedroom."
"DiPietro, Courtney Roberts,DiPietro's sister Elisha, were the three people home when Ayla was reported missing Dec. 17, 2011 in Waterville"
Things are getting emotional. Foot chases and shouting.
I believe they all ought to shut up!
An aside was Asst. AG Stokes comment about not making prosecutorial decisions on emotions etc. from various sources!
Didn't seem to stop him in the Deschaine case years ago !
OAKLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- State Police say they are searching a wooded area off Hussey Hill Road in Oakland.
The Police are looking in the woods again. I hope they can put some closure to this sad case.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014"Maine police have STILL not made any arrests three years after toddler Ayla Reynolds vanished in the middle of the night"
--Ayla Reynolds was reported missing from her father's home in Waterville, Maine on December 17, 2011, sparking a massive search
--Police do not believe the 20-month-old girl wandered off or was abducted
--The lead investigator said he believes the girl's father, his girlfriend and sister - who were in the home at the time - know more than they are saying
--The little girl's blood was later found inside the home
--Her mother has called for the three to be arrested but authorities say they do not have enough evidence to bring charges
Ayla's father, Justin DiPietro
Ayla's father, Justin DiPietro...
"In February 2012, police confirmed had found traces of the girl's blood in multiple places inside the house, and cars belonging to DiPietro and his girlfriend were seized by police"
Fri, 11/06/2015 - 7:54pm:
Bumping this up... not necessarily out of total impulse
It's a timely bump however. The Cold Case Squad has a new director, Sgt. Jeff Love who led the Ayla Reynolds investigation and we know her case will continue to be investigated.
Someone must answer for that child's disappearance and certain death.
"Someone must answer..."
Operative word is 'answer'. Answer how?......
I suppose the child may have been spirited away for safekeeping.
The presence of blood in the house suggests otherwise. So if harm came to the child....how would you cause the perp to 'answer'?
Adults causing harm to children is heart breaking and probably has been happening since the beginning of time. Drives one to thoughts of violent angry retribution, no?
The disappearance of Ayla Reynolds will be solved and arrests will be made
empirefalls: "Bumping this up... not
Fri, 11/06/2015 - 7:54pm:
Bumping this up... not necessarily out of total impulse"
Thursday November 6 , 2015
......one week later
Thursday November 6 , 2015DiPietro, Ayla Reynolds’ father, charged with OUI
Waterville man was charged last Friday with operating under the influence on U.S. Route 1 in Newcastle.http://www.centralmaine.com/2015/11/12/father-of-ayla-reynolds-charged-w...
This case of the missing baby will be solved. Sooner than later.
So what does this old news accomplish ?
Just got a gushy notion this case, the culprit[s] are about to be arrested.