Law enforcement: Baby Ayla likely deceased
June 7th, 2012
WATERVILLE, MAINE--- Police investigating the disappearance of two-year-old Ayla Reynolds have indicated that the missing toddler is likely deceased.
Speaking at a press conference, detectives from the Waterville police department declared it unlikely the baby will be found alive. The announcement comes after months of exhaustive search efforts by law enforcement and community volunteers.
The blonde, blue eyed toddler's whereabouts have been unknown since the twenty-month old disappeared from her father's Waterville home nearly six months ago. The child's father, Justin DiPietro, told law enforcement that he last saw the Ayla when he put her to bed at around 8:00 pm on the evening of Dec. 16, 2011.
The toddler was reported missing the following morning after DiPietro called police to state that the child was missing from her crib.
"We think it is highly unlikely Ayla Reynolds will be found alive. Nothing points in that direction," said Steve McCausland, spokesperson for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
According to law enforcement, the occupants of the home that night included DiPietro, his girlfriend, and DiPietro's sister.
Although no suspects have been arrested relating to the baby's disappearance, law enforcement has indicated that DiPietro has been less than forthcoming about the disappearance of his daughter.
"She did not leave that home by herself and she was not abducted," McCausland said. "We believe he 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."
Despite the announcement, the child's mother, Trista Reynolds, says that she will continue to pray for her toddler's safe return. Baby Ayla was staying with DiPietro while Reynolds sought treatment for addiction at the time the child went missing.
Although frustrated at the lack of results in the search for baby Ayla, law enforcement is adamant that the search for the missing toddler will continue.
"This isn't 'CSI' where everything is solved in 60 minutes. Some cases require a great deal of time and effort," McCausland said . "This case will remain active until we find her. Period."
Anyone with information on the disappearance of two-year-old Ayla Reynolds is urged to contact the Waterville, Maine Police Department at (207) 680-4700.
For more information and latest developments on the case, see http://aylareynolds.com
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