October 24, 2013

New search for Ayla Reynolds yields no clues

A tip leads state and local police and Maine wardens to scour a wooded area in Oakland, but there’s still no trace of the missing Waterville toddler.

By AMY CALDER Morning Sentinel

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Officers from various agencies confer outside the Maine Warden Service Mobile Command Vehicle parked on Nike Lane in Oakland as officers searched the woods for signs of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds on Wednesday morning.

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Ayla Reynolds

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DiPietro and his supporters maintain that Ayla was taken from the home by strangers, but McCausland has said that “doesn’t pass the straight-face test.”

Authorities say they think that Ayla probably is dead and that DiPietro and the two adults who were at the home aren’t telling police everything they know.

Ayla’s mother, Trista Reynolds, said recently that she is tired of waiting for an answer about what happened to her daughter. She revealed on a website and said in interviews that police shared with her horrific physical evidence in the case.

Trista Reynolds says police found Ayla’s blood on the girl’s slippers, on the sofa in the upstairs living room, on a doll’s face, on a fan cord in the basement and on a plastic tote that had a bloody sheet inside it. Splatters of Ayla’s blood also were found on the cement floor and wall near DiPietro’s bed in the home’s basement, according to Reynolds.

McCausland previously said authorities have “no reaction” to those details released by Reynolds.

At the news conference Wednesday, he said officials still consider the investigation a missing-person case. “This is the largest criminal investigation in state history, and we won’t stop until we get that answer,” he said.

He declined to say whether the case can be solved without the discovery of a body.

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David Stevens, left, said it was unerving that there was a search for Ayla Reynolds’ body on Wednesday near his home in Oakland. He was with his brother Wil, center, and their uncle, Paul, near the area being searched.

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A police officer is one of more than 30 people searching Ayla Reynolds in Oakland Wednesday morning. The toddler went missing from Waterville on Dec. 17, 2011.

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Paul Stevens talks about the police search for missing toddler Ayla Reynolds near his home on Hussey Hill Road in Oakland.

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