Ayla Bell Reynolds

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Above Images: Ayla, circa 2011

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 16, 2011 from Waterville, Maine
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: April 4, 2010
  • Age: 1 year old
  • Height and Weight: 2'9, 30 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Ayla's left arm was in a sling with a soft splint at the time of her disappearance.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Green onesie pajamas with white polka dots and "Daddy's Princess" written on the front. A photo of a similar outfit is posted below this case summary.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Ayla was last seen when her father, Justin DiPietro, put her to bed at her home on Violette Avenue in Waterville, Maine at 8:00 p.m. on December 16, 2011. She apparently vanished during the night and has never been seen again. Her father called the police at 8:50 the next morning.

    DiPietro, his sister, his girlfriend and the women's two children were at the residence all night the night Ayla disappeared. Authorities maintain the baby's father has not been cooperative with the investigation and they believe the adults who were in the home that night are withholding information. Investigators found Ayla's blood in the basement of DiPietro's home, which is where he slept that night with his girlfriend and her child. His sister and his sister's child slept on the first floor, as did Ayla. DiPietro maintains his innocence and says he has no idea where his daughter is.

    The child's mother, Trista Reynolds, was in a ten-day substance abuse treatment program when her daughter disappeared. The day before Ayla disappeared, Trista had filed for sole custody. In October, two months before her disappearance, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) removed Ayla from Trista's home and placed her with her father. DiPietro did not know about Trista's custody bid. She has filed a lawsuit against the state, claiming the DHHS was negligent and the child's disappearance could have been prevented. Photos of Trista and DiPietro are posted below this case summary.

    In April 2012, police found some unspecified items of interest behind the Hathaway Creative Center in the Kennebec River, about a mile from DiPietro's home. May 2012, nearly six months after Ayla vanished, authorities publicly stated they believed she was dead, but did not believe she had been abducted. No one has been named as a suspect in Ayla's disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.

    Mother Father Pajamas
    Left: Trista Reynolds;
    Center: Justin DiPietro;
    Right: Pajamas

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Waterville Police Department
    207-872-5551

    OR
    Maine State Police
    207-624-7076

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    NamUs
    The Huffington Post
    Bring Ayla Home
    Facebook Page for Ayla Reynolds
    Fox News
    The Morning Sentinel
    CBS News
    The Bangor Daily News
    The Daily Mail

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 28, 2012; casefile added.

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