Ayla Reynold went missing from Waterville, Maine on Dec. 16, 2011. She was under her father's care, Justin DiPietro. Ayla's mother, Trista Reynolds, had been in a drug rehabilitation program since October 2011 and filed for custody of her daughter. Ayla Reynolds was born on April 4, 2010, and was 20 months old at the time of her disappearance.
Ayla's father, Justin DiPietro, stated that he last saw his daughter at their home, located at 29 Violette Avenue, Waterville, Maine at approximately 10 pm, on Dec. 16, 2011 when she was in her crib. Little Ayla's arm was broken and she had a splint and wore a sling. She was reported as missing wearing onsie-style pajamas that had the words "Daddy's Princess" on them. Reports say that Ayla fell approximately three weeks before her disappearance and broke her arm. It wasn't until Dec. 17, 2011 at approximately 8:51 a.m. that DiPietro reported Ayla missing. He called 911 and told authorities his daughter was missing from her crib.
Authorities with local police, emergency fire responders and the Maine Warden Service began to search the area while police began searching for the child, clues and evidence within the home. By Dec. 18, 2011, local volunteers began conducting neighborhood searches. Police began conducting interviews with those who were in the home the night of Ayla's disappearance. Those in the home included Ayla's father Justin DiPietro, his sister and Ayla's aunt, Elisha DiPietra and Justin DiPietro's girlfriend Courtney Roberts. Authorities conducted air searches, searched in the Messalonskee Stream and continued ground searches, but to no avail. Ayla was not located.
Though tips continued to pour in and investigators continued their searches, no clues as to Ayla's whereabouts were discovered. Justin DiPietro issued a statement denying any knowledge of his daughter's whereabouts.
Justin DiPietro Statement
"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 207-680-4700."
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