The house where the baby went missing, who owns the house or is that a rental.
Tax assessment data indicates it's owned by DIPIETRO, PHOEBE M. Mother maybe?
Search for toddler continues on Christmas Eve
"Our team of investigators and searchers have spent the past week working in the glaring spotlight of national attention that has rightly focused on the tragic event which befell Ayla and her family on December 17th," the release said. "Now, detectives need the opportunity to continue their work for a few days outside of the microscope."
I read in one of the articles that the father had recently moved back into his childhood home with his mother.
Police: $30,000 reward in missing-toddler case
The comments by Waterville Chief Joseph Massey marked the first time he has said directly that he does not believe that Ayla Reynolds left her home by herself.
She was reported missing Dec. 17.
Massey made the comments Monday when he announced that a $30,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Ayla's whereabouts.
Reward Read About It
WAITING: A candle illuminates a growing teddy bear shrine for missing girl Ayla Reynolds outside her home in Waterville on Sunday.
Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans
Community offers reward for information on missing toddler
WATERVILLE — Area residents and businesses are offering $30,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds.
During a press conference Monday, Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey announced the reward, which he described as the largest reward ever offered in a missing person case in Maine.
Massey urged anyone with information to contact Waterville Police at 207-680-4700.
Check back for more details later.
Ben McCanna — firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling Jack Bauer.
“At this point in the investigation ... we believe that someone was involved in taking her out of the house, and that’s where the focus of this investigation has turned,” Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said at a news conference.
Police: Ayla taken from father's Waterville home
This would be amazing, if true. I think this would bring into suspicion the child's mother, or the horrible possibility of abduction by a starnger.
There were supposedly several people in that house, that night. You cannot make me believe that at least a few of them know what happened there. I don't think any of them were Einstein so it seems that someone should have caved in by now. Wonder how quick some "friend" will rat the culprit out?
The statement by police doesn't eliminate anyone from the potential suspect list, including relatives!
Knowing well what's said about theories - I wonder if Ayla is in the hands of some well-meaning friend or relative with reason to believe (know?) Ayla's parents are not competent to parent her, at least not now.
Father releases second statement regarding missing child
WATERVILLE — The father of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds said Wednesday he would never harm his daughter and implored whoever has her to bring her home safe.
Justin DiPietro, 24, added that speculation surrounding the case has gotten out of control.
"The questions of Ayla's arm or bruises or anything else being said are simply ludicruous," he said in a written statement.
DiPietro said he believes his 20-month-old daughter, who was last seen Dec. 16, is with someone, and he asked that person to "find the courage to do the right thing and find a way to return her safely." He suggested she could be dropped off at a church or hospital.
Waterville police get tips from all over
About 100 new leads come after word of $30,000 reward, says Joseph Massey
By Doug Harlow email@example.com
Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said investigators have received about 330 tips. About 100 of those came after a $30,000 reward was announced Monday for information that would lead investigators to the missing child, Massey said.
"These leads have poured in from around the nation, including several from as far away as California," Massey said Tuesday in a news release. "Our detectives are working to thoroughly investigate these leads, requesting assistance from investigators across America when necessary. This has truly become a national effort."
Nancy Grace of the CNN program said on last night's show,Dec.28th, there is now "a person of interest" however police have not made that pronouncement. I made be wrong, i believe a 'person of interest' is one close step in the procession before naming a suspect.
UPDATED: Mother of missing toddler wants to talk to father
Trista Reynolds told NBC's "Today" show on Thursday that she has not communicated with Justin DiPietro since their daughter, Ayla, went missing in Waterville. She said she has questions that only he can answer since he's the last person to have seen her before she was reported missing on Dec. 17.
Asked if she thought DiPietro was involved with Ayla's disapperance, Reynolds was ambivalent.
“I don’t know,’’ she said. “Part of me feels yes, and a part of me feels no. He said he’s not in hiding, but why won’t he come out? 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?’’
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Police: foul play involved in missing toddler case
WATERVILLE — Foul play was involved with the disappearance of 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds, Police Chief Joseph Massey said in a statement late this evening.
"This case has evolved from the search for a missing child to a criminal investigation," Massey said.
For that reason, Massey said, the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit has now assumed the lead role in the investigation. Waterville police will continue to work with state police and other agencies "until Ayla is located," he said.
For them to make this statement publicly, they must have some evidence and possibly a suspect in mind.
Psychics among hundreds of tipsters in Ayla 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 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.
Police log offers insight into custody questions
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.
A dispatch log from the Lewiston Police Department
Ayla case now in state police hands
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.................................................snip............................
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.
"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."
A list of cases they have helped with. It's much too fringe for some, but a lead is a lead.
......"The search for 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds is now a criminal investigation".......
No surprise there. Just the circumstances that were revealed to the public would cause anyone with a brain to "smell a rat".
It had been stated that several people, including her father, had spent the entire night in that house......and hadn't seen a thing? One would have had to have been very clever to have snuck that girl out of the house without anyone inside knowing. That stretches "incredulous" a long ways.
When the police went back and went at the house with tooth and nail, I think most of us realized that it was now a crime scene, and not a lost child.
The only question now is who was in on it and what did they do. The truth will come out shortly I bet.
Early reports said there were four adult men living at the house. That is an unusual arrangement for custody a toddler. I expect that the identities and present locations of all four are known. Were they evicted? What arrangements are made if somebody is evicted by the authorities from their residence for weeks? When can they go home? Do they even want to go home? Are the authorities keeping the place heated? Are they paying the heat and lighting bills while they occupy the home? When will this occupation end? Will the authorities pay the owner rent for the time they have occupied the home? Have they replaced the window they took? It's winter in Maine. Do they even think about stuff like this?
I'm truly surprised if this case was not referred to the major crimes unit on the very first day.
Did anyone really think a major crime had not been committed? Obviously it was either a murder or an abduction, both major crimes.
Missing toddler's grandad pleads for Ayla's return
WATERVILLE — A day after police declared a 20-month-old Maine girl's disappearance a crime, the toddler's grandfather is pleading for Ayla Reynolds' safe return
Ronald Reynolds, wearing a green ribbon, the symbol for missing children, told The Associated Press that he's "begging and pleading" for the return of Ayla, and anyone who can help should call the state police
Former FBI profiler weighs in on Ayla Reynolds case
7:24 PM, Dec 31, 2011
Missing child cases often difficult to investigate
Six days into the search for 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds, investigators strung bright-yellow crime-scene ribbon around the perimeter of the little gray house in Waterville where she was last seen tucked in her bed in mid-December.........................snip..............................
I don't know why they didn't put crime-scene tape up before they did, but I have to believe they're gathering evidence as they should," said Chuck Drago, of Oviedo, Fla., a retired police chief and former cabinet member and adviser to outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.
WAITING: A large pile of teddy bears and stuffed toys lies outside in the rain Saturday at 29 Violette Ave. in Waterville, near a state police crime laboratory truck parked in the driveway. The search for 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds became a criminal investigation last week.
Ayla Reynolds case timeline
Thursday, Dec. 15
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.
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.
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 the 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 agents, two police dogs, neighbors and other volunteers join the house-to-house and neighborhood searches. Game wardens scour the banks of nearby Messalonskee Stream. Police say they’ve interviewed several adults who were in DiPietro’s house when Ayla was put to bed Friday night.
Monday, Dec. 19
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. The 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
DiPietro releases a statement through Waterville police saying he doesn’t know what happened to Ayla. Investigators drain a section of Messalonskee Stream, looking for clues; and they 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
The search expands across Waterville with help from 50 members of the Maine Association for Search and Rescue. Nearly 100 people attend a candlelight vigil at a local church.
Thursday, Dec. 22
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 the search.
Friday, Dec. 23
Overnight snow ends the large-scale ground search. 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 a candlelight vigil in Congress Square in Portland.
Saturday, Dec. 24
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
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 a $30,000 reward – the largest ever in Maine. A state police Evidence Response Team van is parked in driveway.
Tuesday, Dec. 27
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
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 the last of the large-scale searches.
Thursday, Dec. 29
Trista Reynolds appears on the “Today” show, pleading with DiPietro to communicate with her. Police end regular surveillance of DiPietro’s home.
Friday, Dec. 30
Police announce “foul play” is suspected in what is now a criminal case. State police take the lead in the investigation, removing a window from house, and Massachusetts detectives join the effort
More than a few times I have read news stories from the inner cities, a child simply walked out of thier house/apartment and is found walking down a road at 2-4am in the morning all alone. While their parent[s] are home drugged up or konked out from being drugged up.
Obviously that is not the case.
I passed the house tonight during the past hour,the yellow tape was missing. Any updates?