AYLA REYNOLDS – ENDANGERED MISSING December 16, 2011 – PRESS FOR PROSECUTION PROTEST SCHEDULED – USMCC000229LTWH – UPDATED 01.09.2014
PRESS FOR PROSECUTION PROTEST FOR AYLA REYNOLDS WAS WELL RECEIVED
UPDATE: January 29, 2014
The Press For Prosecution Protest for Ayla Reynolds this past Saturday had a good turnout. 35 people joined Trista Reynolds and the rest of Ayla’s family, including her grandfather, Ron Reynolds and step grandfather, Jeff Hanson, in urging the authorities to file criminal charges in relation with Ayla’s disappearance, and sadly, assumed death. Protesters held signs reading “Justice for Ayla” and “Someone Knows; Just Tell”, as they stood along nearby College Avenue in the snow, chanting “No justice, no peace”. Trista held a sign with her daughter’s picture shouting “Honk for Ayla”. The response from the public was well received, as cars drove by they were beeping their horns and waving, showing their support for Ayla and her family.
It has been two years since this beautiful blonde haired, blue eyed angel disappeared, and there has been no movement in the case with charges, which is puzzling as there is more than enough probable cause to press charges. Trista and her family are tired of waiting and want not only authorities, but the public to know that something needs to be done. Ayla’s grandfather, Ron, says the pain is still raw. “Every day, it kills me – it really does. Where is Ayla? The pain gets so unbelievable for me at times,” stated Ron. “As her grandfather who loves and misses her every day, as long as I’m alive, it will never go away until justice is done.” For Ron, the pain of Ayla’s loss, the anger that she was taken from them, and the deep sadness that he lives with every day are breaking him down. “We can’t see her grow up, we can’t see her graduate. We don’t get to see her go out on dates. We can’t tell her we love her.”
Since the day Ayla went missing her family has lived in this nightmare. “I never, ever imagined that we would ever have to go through this. Every day I wait for that phone call from Steve McCausland (Maine State Police Department Spokesman) – we stay in contact with him – saying someone has been charged. But still, nothing. I understand there’s still nothing, but it doesn’t make it easy for my family.” said Ron.
The Reynold’s were not the ones to organize the event, but wanted to show their full support and gratitude for the folks who organized the protest, and everyone who came out in the bitter cold to stand with them and fight for Ayla.
Trista said that when she starts to lose hope, she remembers the people who have never met Ayla but continue to fight for justice in the case and says “I think it’s absolutely amazing.” Heather Garczynski drove 13 hours to attend the protest with her children and friends, a group which calls themselves “Justice Seekers”, who protest cases in which justice has not yet been served. Heather, 43, holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology and is attending graduate school for criminology. She stated “It baffles me that there’s so much probable cause in the case and nothing’s been done and people are allowed to walk the streets without a care in the world and there’s a little girl missing.” Nancy Emery, 60, said she is able to empathize with the Reynolds. Her own daughter disappeared when she was 11 and was not found for two months. Nancy echo’s the sentiment shared by her fellow protesters regarding those who were in the home on the night Ayla disappeared, “They should at least be charged with endangering the welfare of a child.” she states. She also believes that the state shares some blame in what has happened to Ayla. Even after suffering a suspicious broken arm, Ayla was allowed to remain in her father’s home. “DHHS should be held responsible for what they did,” Nancy said. Conrad Armandi, 64, is a former deputy sheriff and urges people not to forget Ayla, and to be patient, as the truth will be revealed in time. He believes authorities are being very careful before charging anyone, “I think they’re concerned about double-jeopardy. They want a solid case before they take it to trial.”
Despite Trista’s public statements about the lack of charges laid in her daughter’s case, she is grateful for the police and game wardens who have searched tirelessly for Ayla and continue to investigate the case. “I do appreciate the work that they have done, I just need to step their game up a little bit more.” Although the protest was held at the Waterville Police Department, the protest was not directed at Waterville Police. The protest was held there as it is a public building in the city where Ayla went missing. Police remained fairly neutral during the protest, only coming out a few times to simply ask that some people move some cars.
Investigators have made it clear that they do believe the adults who were in the home when Ayla disappeared, DiPietro, his sister Elisha DiPietro, and his then girlfriend Courtney Roberts, know more about Ayla’s disappearance than they are saying. McCausland, has stated that DiPietro’s contention that Ayla was kidnapped “doesn’t pass the straight-face test.”, which makes the situation all the more frustrating when trying to understand why no charges have yet been pressed.
Organizers have said that there will be more protests happening in the future. We will keep you all updated with the information regarding these protests and what you can do to join in the fight for justice for Ayla Reynolds.
‘PRESS FOR PROSECUTION’ PROTEST SCHEDULED IN HONOR OF AYLA REYNOLDS
UPDATE: January 9, 2014
As Ayla Reynold’s family and friends continue to seek justice for this beautiful little girl, a public protest is being organized to be held on January 25, 2014. The “Press for Prosecution Protest” will be held at the Waterville Police Department and is set to begin at 12:00PM, but supporters are asked to meet at 11:30AM to get details on how the non-violent protest will proceed.
Ayla’s family seems to be reaching their breaking point, and I can’t blame them. For the last 2 years they have been patient with law enforcement, trusting in officials to obtain the truth and justice for Ayla. They have been patient long enough, and now it is our turn to stop forward with the family and send the clear message that they are not alone in wanting answers. Law enforcement has decided not to press charges against Ayla’s father, Justin DiPietro, despite the overwhelming blood evidence, injuries Ayla suffered while in DiPietro’s ‘care’ and the life insurance policy which he just happened to take out on Ayla only weeks before she disappeared.
If you are able, you may want to think about joining Ayla’s mother, Trista, and the rest of her family on the 25th. We need to demand justice for Ayla, and we need to show the family that they have our unwavering support in their search to find the truth.
If you cannot attend the protest in person, then I would like to ask the Lighting Their Way Home Family to post the following as their FaceBook status on January 25th at noon:
PLEASE JOIN US IN SENDING A CLEAR MESSAGE TO THE WATERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT THAT WE WILL NOT STOP UNTIL THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR AYLA REYNOLD’S DISAPPEARANCE AND MURDER ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. WE SEEK JUSTICE FOR AYLA, BECAUSE WHERE THERE IS NO JUSTICE, THERE WILL BE NO PEACE.
Ayla still needs our help, she is still missing. We need to know what happened, and we need to know where her tiny body is so that we can bring her home and lay her to rest with dignity and respect. So please take a moment to light a candle for Ayla, to shine our lights bright enough for the family to see, to do what we do best …
Light Ayla’s Way Home
UPDATE ~ JANUARY 3, 2013
As the time passes since Ayla Reynolds was last seen, and the reality of the baby girl’s fate sinks in, the search for answers and search to bring Ayla home where she can be laid to rest in peace are not letting up. As the two year anniversary of Ayla’s disappearance went by, old wounds were ripped open again as the family faced spending another holiday season without their beautiful baby girl, Ayla. Ayla’s maternal grandfather, Ron Reynolds, speaks of the pain of missing his granddaughter. “A day doesn’t go by I don’t think about Ayla … The holidays are hard.” The family’s dismay with the investigation surrounding Ayla’s disappearance and believed murder is beginning to take its toll. Ron states “The law say they’re there for us, you know I’m not saying they’re not, but two years … nothing. It hurts every day to know this little girl is out there somewhere. They’re walking free and this family’s gone to hell in terms of the hurt and pain we deal with everyday. … I hope justice comes, I really do.” Until that day comes, Ron says he is holding onto his memories of Ayla and hope. Ayla’s mother, Trista, remained silent as the anniversary passed, instead the family chose to observe the day in private. What the family did release, however, was a heart wrenching letter written by Jeff Hanson, Ayla’s step-grandfather, on Ayla’s official website. The letter reads:
“With Christmas approaching and nearly two years passed since the Reynolds family last embraced our beloved baby Ayla, we are mindful of what we, and Ayla, are missing. This holiday season, our hearts grow heavy at the realization we won’t be bundling Ayla into a puffy snowsuit for her first sled ride down a majestic mountain she would grow up to realize was but a bump in the lawn.
Ayla is not here to share with Trista and her baby brothers the magic of waking to a blanket of snow. She will not run out the door in awe to catch fluttering flakes on her tiny tongue. She won’t stamp the snow off her boots as she reluctantly returns inside to warm her ruddy cheeks and tingling toes or melt the frost from her eyelashes.
There won’t be cocoa ponds with marshmallow islands to giggle over or the allure of listening for jingle bells and reindeer hooves tap-tap-tapping on the roof.
We’ll never see her reach up with the utmost care to place her first shiny bauble on a pine bough or cry out in delight at the wonderment of Santa’s bounty. Ayla’s baby brothers won’t feel her tender assistance in tearing the wrapping off their holiday gifts. Ayla will never know the joy of choosing the perfect present for mommy or the pride of putting her own pennies in the kettle for those without home and hearth.
To honor Ayla this December, we ask that you press for justice. Demand answers from the state. Why are those present in the house where Ayla’s blood was shed decorating their trees and hanging their stockings, while Ayla is out in the cold unknown for another Christmas? Why are they free to sing the songs of the season with their own toddlers when Ayla will never know Silent Night, Deck the Halls, or Joy to the World? Where is the justice in the DiPietro and Roberts families building snowmen together or their children climbing on Santa’s lap for the iconic childhood photograph denied to Ayla and those who loved her? We want our authorities to bring our Ayla home and hold those who stripped her of all the joys life brings accountable for their heinous acts. We cannot truly know the peace of Christmas while our Ayla is out there somewhere, alone, and her killer and accomplices are smirking in their confidence the law won’t catch up with them.”
Bob Lowery, senior executive director of the missing children’s division of the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children, states that the organization will remain on Ayla’s case, supporting the family and law enforcement and ensuring that the search continues. “Cases like Ayla’s are unusual. A child of this age, missing this long, is rare, but we do experience them. We have seen cases where children were found alive who were thought to be deceased. We don’t give up hope for children, but we also don’t give false hope,” he stated. Lowery continues saying “Someone out there has a key piece of information that is important to Ayla’s case, even though that person may think it trivial. Ayla’s mother needs answers and we really urge that person to come forward and share that information.”
As for the criminal investigation, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, maintains that the investigation remains active with a team of detectives meeting nearly daily to work on the case. “We’re aware of the calendar but that does not affect the investigation.” states McClausland. Police are interviewing and re-interviewing people, reviewing records and analyzing evidence in the investigation for Ayla, which is the largest investigation ever launched in the state. To date, 20 searches have been conducted by state police in Ayla’s case. The searches included state and local police, FBI agents, firefighters, volunteers and dogs. Searches have been made by air, land and water, inspected neighborhoods, going house to house and scouring riverbanks, woods and fields. Dive teams have searched the Kennebec River, Messalonskee Stream and other bodies of water in central Maine. The most recent large-scale search was off Hussey Hill Road in Oakland, where police spent a morning diving in a pond, in a field and searching a wooded area, all with no sign of Ayla. McClausland states “The searches will continue. There will be more searches. None at this point are planned, but there will be more.”
Investigators are still determined to find her, McCausland said. “There are some days when there is frustration that creeps in and then we remember who we are working for and that frustration subsides because we’re working for Ayla,” he said. One can only hope that with the new year, comes new answers and ends the search for this beautiful little angel who was taken from this world far too soon.
Date of Birth: April 4, 2010
Height: 2’9” Weight: 30 lbs
Hair: Blonde Eyes: Blue
Missing: December 16, 2011 From: Waterville, ME
Distinguishing Features: Left arm is in a sling.
Last Seen Wearing: Green Pajamas with Polka Dots and “Daddy’s Princess” written on the front.
On Friday December 16, 2011, Ayla Reynolds, a beautiful blond haired, blued eyed toddler disappeared from her father’s home at 29 Violette Avenue, Waterville, Maine. According to police, Ayla’s father, Justin DiPietro, 24, put Ayla to bed Friday night and awoke Saturday to find her missing. Police have said several other adults were in the home, including one non-relative. Ayla was living with her father while the girl’s mother, Trista Reynolds, 23, was in rehab for substance abuse. Trista Reynolds’ family said that the 20-month-old had been taken from their custody by the Department of Health and Human Services and placed with her father. Trista’s other child, a 8-month-old boy, remained in the Reynolds’ family custody. Reynolds said Ayla, who broke her arm at her father’s house two weeks ago, had begun showing mysterious bruising on her leg. However, Waterville police chief Joseph Massey has said the girl broke her arm during an accidental fall.
Monday, police towed two vehicles in front of DiPietro’s house. Massey, would not say why the police seized the vehicles, or what authorities might be looking for in those vehicles. Seized were DiPietro’s 1996 Ford Explorer SUV and a 2002 Hyundai registered to a Portland woman whose name has not been released.
As the search entered its fourth day Tuesday, investigators remained closed-lipped on what they might have found. Overnight temperatures have dipped into the low teens and single numbers since the toddler disappeared overnight Friday or Saturday morning.
Messalonskee Stream, a few blocks from the house, was drained so the Maine Warden Service could walk the banks, Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey told reporters Tuesday afternoon.
He said it was also to make visibility better for the warden service’s airplane flyover. Twenty-five agents helped conduct the river search, which Massey called a “logical” step because of its proximity to where Ayla was last seen.
Massey said that 75 agents from the Waterville police department, Maine state police, Maine game warden service, and FBI are still actively working on the search for Ayla.
Firefighters and game wardens conducted a grid search on foot Tuesday surrounding the 29 Violette Ave. home, from Cool Street to First Rangeway. A Kennebec County Emergency Management van was stationed at the nearby Fran Purnell baseball field on Mathews Avenue. A Maine State Police evidence response team truck returned to the house Tuesday at about 1:30 p.m. State and local police were stationed outside the modest vinyl-sided home. A state police special crime incident command and communications truck was in full operation in the Waterville City Hall parking lot.
On Wednesday, the warden service once again searched a river close to DiPietro’s house, lowering the water level and conducting ground and aerial searches through the river bank. Agents also searched nearby dumpsters and garbage cans, but the searches turned up nothing.
The FBI conducted a door-to-door canvass of the neighbourhood around DiPietro’s home to ask neighbours if they had seen anything suspicious.
Massey said the police department was actively following up on more than 100 leads that have come in to the department from the public.
Police have said both parents have been cooperative, but investigators still have no sense of what happened to Ayla. “It’s still a missing child case,” police chief Joseph Massey said Wednesday. “I’m not going to speculate on whether she’s alive or when she might come home. We need to follow the logical conclusion of a logical sequence of events. We’ve ruled nothing out, so I don’t want to stand here and speculate.”
On Wednesday December 21, 2011, Justin DiPietro spoke out for the first time since his little girl’s disappearance Friday, disputing remarks by the girl’s mother and maintaining his innocence. Justin released the following statement through the Waterville, Maine, police.
“First, I’d like to thank everyone involved for their continued support in finding our daughter, Ayla. I have no idea what happened to Ayla, or who is responsible. I will not make accusations or insinuations towards anyone until the police have been able to prove who’s responsible for this. Ayla was in my sole custody at the time of her disappearance per agreement between her mother and I because she was temporarily unable to care for Ayla. I have shared every piece of information possible with the police.
Contrary to some statements floating around out there, I have been in communication with Ayla’s mother over the last couple of weeks. The Waterville police have the transcripts from my phone for verification of those communications. It has always been my intention to have a shared parenting arrangement with Ayla’s mother and I will continue to work towards that when Ayla is returned to us. My family and friends will continue to do everything we can to assist in this investigation and to get Ayla back home. We appreciate the media respecting our privacy at this time. If anyone has any information that might be helpful, please contact Waterville police at 1-207-680-4700.”
Ayla’s mother said she’s trying to remain optimistic that her daughter is OK. Trista Reynolds said she’s trying to keep it together for an 8-month-old son who remains in her care but acknowledges the past few days have been tough. “Sometimes I think that she’s OK. Sometimes I start thinking that the worst can happen. That’s how I’ve been feeling. I lay my head down at night and wonder where she is. Am I going to see her again? Do I get to see her beautiful smile?” Reynolds said of her daughter Ayla. “She’s my little girl.”
While no traces of Ayla have been discovered, the search remains a top priority.
Justin DiPietro says he took a polygraph test shortly after Ayla disappeared from his Maine home but neither he nor police will reveal the results. “I’ve taken one, and the results, I was never allowed to see them. It’s something you’re going to have to ask law enforcement about,” he said. However, police say they told him the results.
“He knows how he did, because we told him,” Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland stated. “To say that he didn’t know, is just not true.”
Trista Reynolds has attempted to take a polygraph exam but was unable to complete it due to a medical condition. “According to the test administrator, who was very courteous and professional, I was unable to complete the test due to a medical condition,” Reynolds wrote. “It was suggested to me that after treatment by a medical doctor I might be able to finish the test, but the investigating authority is content with the general outcome of the incomplete test (as it stands).” She does not explain what the medical condition is.
Kenneth Blackstone, a forensic polygraph examiner based in Atlanta, said that individuals sitting for polygraph tests are usually screened ahead of the test for any medical conditions that might interfere with the test. Blackstone said he did not know why Reynolds was allowed to take the test and then stopped in the middle, but said he was surprised administrators said they were satisfied with the test. “There’s no way to be satisfied with an incomplete test,” he said.
During a news conference on December 26th, Attorney John Nale made the following statement regarding a reward now being offered in Ayla’s case. “On behalf of the people of the greater Waterville area community, and through the generosity, support and kindness of a number of individuals and businesses in the area, I offer a $30,000 reward to the person or persons who will provide us with information leading to the location and return of this young girl,” he said.
Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said he was encouraged by the reward. He also said detectives are narrowing the focus of the investigation. “At this point in the investigation, let me say that we are confident that Ayla did not walk out of the house by herself,” he said. “We believe that someone was involved in taking her out of the house, and that’s where the focus of this investigation has turned.” Massey said police are receiving fewer leads as time passes in the case.
Time is a critical factor in missing-persons cases, he said, particularly cases involving young children. “The likelihood of us finding them safe diminishes as time goes on,” he said. Nonetheless, Massey stressed, investigators are doing everything they can. “The intensity of the investigation is as high today as it was the first day,” he said. “We continue to employ almost every single resource we have. We’re simply committed to finding Ayla.”
On December 30th, the Waterville police announced they suspected foul play in the case. Police Chief Joseph Massey told the press, “At this point, we believe that foul play has occurred in connection with Ayla’s disappearance. We base our conclusions on evidence gathered by investigators during the past two weeks.
This case has evolved from the search for a missing child to a criminal investigation.” The police refused to describe what had made them change the case’s classification, but cadaver dogs have been brought in to assist with the search.
On January 27, 2012, it was reported that two of Ayla’s maternal relatives, her uncle and grandmother have taken polygraphs. According to the family, the uncle passed, and the grandmother Becca Hanson, was unable to complete the test due to her prescription medication.
I again will revert to an expert that has stated a professional polygraph exam will not be administered to a person with a medical condition or taking medication which even MAY interfere with the test. If you ask me, there seems to be something shady going on surrounding the polygraph exams Ayla’s maternal side of the family is taking. It seems like there is a lot of excuses which they are hoping concerned citizens will overlook. I for one have serious doubts about the validity of their claims when it comes to the results of the polygraph exams, but also do not believe that they are in any way responsible for what has happened to Ayla.
On January 28, 2012, investigators stated they have been analyzing blood found in the basement of Justin DePietro’s home.
The blood was found early in the investigation into Ayla Reynolds’ disappearance state police spokesman Steve McCausland said. The state crime laboratory has been running tests on it since then, but it was unclear when results would be available. McCausland called the discovery of the blood “troubling.” He declined to discuss how much blood was found in the basement or how long it might have been there. DiPietro declined to discuss the discovery of the blood. “I’m not going to answer any questions about it, but I will say this: If there was something there, I don’t think I’d be standing here with you right now,” he stated. A woman who answered DiPietro’s mother’s cell phone hung up after being asked about the blood. Reynolds could not be reached for comment.
The blood found in the basement of Justin DePietro’s home, has since been confirmed to be that of the missing toddler, Ayla Reynolds. Tragically the truth to Ayla’s disappearance is becoming clear. Authorities have stated they do not believe Ayla was abducted, and are sure the adults present in the home at that time know a lot more than they are telling. The police have hinted that there was blood belonging to another individual as well as Ayla, but more tests need to be conducted.
Police will not officially comment on the amount of blood found, but it is being said that it was more than a small accidental wound would create. Authorities are dedicated to continuing the investigation until the truth has been revealed, no matter how long it takes. As the days go on, more evidence will be released about the blood found and it’s possible source.
Authorities are now beginning to release more information on the facts surrounding Ayla’s disappearance. We are now learning that officials believe Ayla may have ‘disappeared’ a week before the report was made. The last confirmed date Ayla was seen or heard from by someone other than DiPietro was December 8 when she spoke to her mother, Reynolds on the phone.
Four days later, Ayla missed a doctor’s appointment for treating her broken arm. Even more disturbing is the text message DiPietro sent Reynolds a few days before Ayla’s disappearance stating he was concerned someone might take the little girl. Sadly this story is beginning to sounds like little Ayla is no longer alive.
On February 3, 2012, a report was made to police from the home where Ayla Reynolds went missing about vandals breaking windows. When authorities arrived at the scene, they found two broken windows which they believed were hit with a bat or other object which was carried away from the scene as no projectiles such as rocks were found. No one was hurt in the incident. Authorities have stated that this sort of event scares people, and can increase the chance of confrontation with the suspect and their family members.
According to Trista Reynolds, the same week that Justin DePietro got custody of Ayla, he took out a life insurance policy on the little girl. Questions are being raised as to why DePietro would suddenly decide to take a life insurance policy out on his baby girl. Trista Reynolds is now also making claims that she intends to sue the state social service agency for neglecting to give proper attention to Ayla’s case. She has stated she believes that had the agency done the proper checks on Ayla and those living in the DePietro house, they would not be in the situation they are today. There is still no sign of little Ayla and no leads as to her whereabouts.
As the investigation continued, a closer look was taken into little Ayla’s broken arm is showing the girl’s father, DiPietro’s statement of events differs from the description of events given by the medical professionals who were treating the toddler.
The contradictions surround an emergency room visit on November 12, 2011. According to DiPietro, the morning he took Ayla to the emergency room, his mother had drawn his attention to Ayla’s hand, which appeared to be swollen. He believed the injury was just a bad bruise. Sometime later in the morning Ayla’s grandmother looked under the little girl’s sleeve and noticed the extent of the swelling. At that time DiPietro claims he left his truck driving class to return home and bring Ayla to the emergency room. Here is where the discrepancies begin to add up.
DiPietro’s official end date of truck driving class was October 27, 2011 – 16 days BEFORE the ER visit. When an examination was done of Ayla’s wrist and hand, they were described as normal on inspection, non-tender and with a normal range of motion, with the little girl having a bruise on her inner elbow. Quite the opposite of DiPietro’s account of events.
This is not the first time DiPietro has made questionable statements regarding little Ayla’s broken arm. Medical records show Ayla having a distal humerus break affecting the upper arm and elbow, while DiPietro had stated Ayla’s forearm was broken. Questions are raised as to why DiPietro has told conflicting stories of the actual extent of Ayla’s injuries. Many believe it is in an attempt to deflect suspicion from child abuse.
According to the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, certain injuries in children raise suspicion of child abuse.
This is due primarily to the difference between the force required to inflict the injury and that involved in normal childhood injuries. A break of a long bone near a growth plate, as Ayla suffered, is one of those suspicious injuries.
Another clue which health professionals look at in assessing potential child abuse injuries are illogical stories explaining the injuries, according to USUHS. Stories such as the one DiPietro gave little Ayla’s mother, Trista Reynolds, regarding facial bruising the little girl developed. DiPietro claims Ayala got into a fight with boys in a ball pit in a restaurant, a restaurant that in reality does not even have a ball pit. Ayla had suffered other questionable injuries as well while in her father’s care. On one instance a pulled muscle leg caused a doctor to make a referral to the Department of Health and Human Services.
The more details that are coming out regarding Ayla’s medical records, the more concern there is for the what fate the little girl may have suffered, possibly even a fate at the hands of her own father.
On February 10, 2012, Reynolds texted DiPietro claiming to have received an email from one of DiPietro’s friends in which the friend claims to have seen DiPietro throw Ayla. This email on the heels of the discovery of more than a CUPFUL of Ayla’s blood found beside DiPietro’s bed, along with more of Ayla’s blood found in the basement, have begun to shine a spotlight on DiPietro and the role he may have played in the disappearance and possible death of his daughter.
Many answers are still being sought after in the disappearance of Ayla Reynolds, and many believe those answers will lead to the truth of Justin DiPietro’s actions that fateful night.
In May of 2012, nearly 6 months after baby Ayla vanished, police publicly stated they believe Ayla is deceased, and they do not believe she was abducted.
In January of 2013, investigators met with Ayla’s mother, Trista Reynolds, to share with her the status of her daughter’s case and to show her evidence that has been collected over the past year, including items that were recovered from the Kennebec River during a search for Ayla. Authorities say that they gave Trista “specifics that a mother should know”. Family members claim that investigators were able to show Trista unequivocal proof that Ayla was murdered, although those details have not been released to the public. The family has since removed the reward being offered to anyone having information that leads to Ayla’s recovery.
Little answers have been given surrounding Ayla’s disappearance, however authorities have committed to continuing a full on investigation until Ayla is found.
As the months roll past since baby Ayla disappeared, the more it looks as though DiPietro knows what has happened to Ayla and may even be the one responsible for her death. The morning that Ayla was reported missing, Dipietro actually took a 160 mile road trip to Portland before reporting his daughter missing. He claims that he travelled to Portland because he believed Reynolds had taken Ayla. However, not only did Reynolds live in South Portland rather than Portland, but DiPietro never once contacted her or her family to see where Ayla was. Investigators believe that this trip may have actually been made for Dipietro to dispose of Ayla’s body.
The latest search efforts to locate Ayla include a campaign enlisting tourists to be on the lookout for the little girl. As was the case earlier when hunters were asked to be on the lookout for any signs of the toddler, fliers have been circulated to major tourist locations, campsites, sporting goods stores and circulated via social media in the hopes that someone will uncover evidence of where Ayla may be.
Justin DiPietro has been getting into some trouble for domestic violence. DiPietro is currently being held in jail after violating the conditions for his release on the domestic violence charge. As he sits in jail, Trista Reynolds has now began talking about some of the evidence uncovered that police shared with her. Investigators showed Trista photos of DiPietro’s room in the house Ayla disappeared from, and where Ayla’s blood was found. The photo showed blood in the room, and blood on DiPietro’s shoes. Blood was not only found in the room, but also in DiPietro’s truck and the home’s basement.
The amount of blood found is overwhelming and is very likely fatal. Trista believes as well, that Ayla was murdered. Given the amount of blood found, in numerous places, Trista believes that DiPietro should be arrested, even if only for child endangerment. Honestly – I feel the same way. How much more do police need to charge him with something related to Ayla’s disappearance, and likely death. Trista is now sharing this information out of frustration with the lack of action by law enforcement. She hopes that informing the public of the information that was until now not discussed in the media, will motivate people to call upon the Attorney General’s office to prosecute DiPietro.
Trista stated “When you have a truck that has blood in it, when you have things of Ayla’s, when you have a whole basement with all different things with blood, you tell me you don’t have enough to prosecute? I don’t want to hear it anymore and I don’t believe it.” Trista is understandably frustrated that little to nothing has been done with so much time having passed since Ayla disappeared.
In the following 2 weeks, Trista has stated that she will be releasing more evidence on her websites.
As Trista Reynolds continues to release information regarding evidence she was shown by police, the question of why DiPietro has not been charged in his daughter’s disappearance and believed death, becomes more and more important and confusing.
Trista has described the photos police showed her as “literally looked like a murder scene.” She has began to discuss a list of evidence that she now has and is sharing this with the public in the hopes that more people will unite together to help bring justice for Ayla, and to have DiPietro arrested for whatever role he played in Ayla’s presumed murder. Trista has described the house as being covered in blood. Blood stains were found on DePietro’s mattress and sheets, on the family couch, droplets or splatters on the wall and floor of DiPietro’s room, DePietro’s shoes, Ayla’s princess slippers.
A doll belonging to Ayla was found with blood smears on it, and in a plastic tote, a sheet believed to be used to clean up the blood. Blood on Ayla’s car seat was not the only thing found in DiPietro’s truck, there was also dried vomit from Ayla on the backseat. Samples of Ayla’s blood also contained her saliva, which indicates that Ayla had been coughing up blood from internal injuries. It has been concluded that Ayla’s injuries were both ‘internal and external’.
Trista comments on confronting DiPietro about what she saw, and states he “Didn’t really say anything. Didn’t really have any emotion.”
State police continue to say they cannot confirm nor deny anything that Trista has revealed. The do however confirm that they have given Trista information that has not been released to the public, as she is Ayla’s Mom and deserves to know. Steve McCausland stated “Trista has a right to say whatever she feels is appropriate, and we’re not going to criticize her for that. No one in Maine would put themselves in Trista Reynolds’ shoes.”
Trista and her family have created the websites mentioned above to inform people of Ayla’s case and to garner support for charges to be lain in Ayla’s case through signing a petition. Click in the following link to see the petition and show your support. It really is time that those that know what happened to Ayla, be held accountable as appropriate.
Trista states the DiPietro, Depietro’s sister, Elisha DiPietro, and DiPietro’s girlfriend, Courtney Roberts, have not been truthful with police about what happened to Ayla. The Reynolds are looking for answers. They want to bring their baby girl home, to lay her to rest. They want those that are responsible for whatever may have happened to Ayla forced to face the consequences of their actions. This family is hurting every day that passes by with no arrests made.
Along with signing the online petition to have charges brought in Ayla’s case, the public is also encouraged to print the following letter, sign it and mail to the stated address.
Attorney General Janet T. Mills, 6 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333
Call for Arrests
We, the undersigned, request that you, the Attorney General for the State of Maine, prosecute Justin DiPietro, Courtney Roberts, and Elisha DiPietro in connection with Ayla Reynolds’ unlawful death and the cover-up thereof, forthwith.
We ask that Justin DiPietro be held accountable for the unlawful death of Ayla Reynolds and the improper disposal of her body.
We ask you…
Call for Arrests
We, the undersigned, request that you, the Attorney General for the State of Maine, prosecute Justin DiPietro, Courtney Roberts, and Elisha DiPietro in connection with Ayla Reynolds’ unlawful death and the cover-up thereof, forthwith.
We ask that Justin DiPietro be held accountable for the unlawful death of Ayla Reynolds and the improper disposal of her body.
We ask you to charge Justin DiPietro, Elisha DiPietro, and Courtney Roberts in connection with falsely reporting Ayla Reynolds “missing.”
We ask you to charge Elisha DiPietro and Courtney Roberts, and any other persons who may have participated, with aiding Justin DiPietro in covering up Ayla Reynolds’s death.
We ask that you review the evidence in this case and institute any and all other criminal charges against Justin DiPietro, Elisha DiPietro, and Courtney Roberts and others in connection with Ayla’s death as the evidence may warrant.
In the midst of all the pain, anger and frustration, we need to remember that this fight is being fought for a beautiful little girl. Ayla deserves answers, she deserves 5 minutes of our time to sign a petition, to mail a letter. I don’t ask that anyone take sides with the DiPietro’s or Reynolds. I only ask that you take Ayla’s side. Sometimes that means that standing up for Ayla, falls in line with what the Reynolds are asking the public to do. So please take a moment for Ayla, sign the petition and send a thought her way. It’s time we end this and bring Ayla peace, by bringing her home.
09.27.2013 – As the days pass, Ayla’s case is heating up with confrontations between her parents and family.
Trista Reynolds and her family went to the court house the other day where DiPietro was appearing for charges of domestic violence unrelated to Ayla’s case, in hopes of getting some answers about where Ayla is. While in the court room, Phoebe DiPietro, Justin’s mother, walked past Trista’s father, Ron Reynolds, and uttered profanity at him. Trista’s father immediately responded, and the screaming match was on. The confrontation quickly escalated and involved numerous family members on both sides.
As Trista kept asking DiPietro where Ayla was, he suddenly took off running, and Trista, shoes in hand, took off running after him. The emotionally charged conflict finally ceased as each side of the families went their own way, but this is far from over, and emotions are guaranteed to boil over again. Sadly, Trista Reynolds is still left with no answers as to what happened to her baby girl. Trista held back the tears as she stated “He looks like her. She has his blue eyes, I miss those eyes. Seeing Justin, it was like Ayla was right there.”
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Ayla Reynolds, please immediately contact the Waterville Police Department at:
The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at: