Police say blood is Ayla’s: Amount described as ‘more than a small cut would produce’

Missing Toddler
AP Photo/The Kennebec Journal, Michael G. Seamans

The parents of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds, Trista Reynolds, left, and Justin DePietro, right, speak on the steps of Waterville City Hall during a vigil for their missing daughter in Castonguay Square in Waterville, Maine on Saturday January 28, 2012. 

WATERVILLE — Some of the blood found in a Maine home where a missing toddler was last seen six weeks ago belonged to the little girl, an official said Sunday.

State Police spokesman Steve McCausland would not say how much of Ayla Reynolds' blood was found in her father's home in Waterville, where exactly it was found or how long it might have been there.

But investigators told Ayla's mother's family that the amount of blood was "more blood than a small cut would produce," according to a family-run website.

"Even in light of this evidence we are more determined than ever to find out what has happened to Ayla and we still cling to the hope that she is alive and will be returned to us," the website said. "We urge anyone that has information about Ayla to come forward now and unburden yourself of the truth."

Ayla's father, Justin DiPietro, reported her missing Dec. 17. He had put her to bed the night before and said she wasn't there the next morning. DiPietro told police she was wearing green pajamas with polka dots and the words "Daddy's Princess" on them and had a soft cast on her broken left arm.

DiPietro could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday; his cellphone voicemail was full and unable to accept messages.

Ayla was 20 months old when she disappeared. She had been staying with her father at the time in the house where DiPietro lives with his mother. Her mother, Trista Reynolds, lives in Portland.

The blood was among hundreds of pieces of potential evidence that were removed from the Waterville home as part of a criminal investigation into the girl's disappearance.

Trista Reynolds' father said the family was told late Saturday by McCausland that blood found in the home was determined to be Ayla's.

"It was a surprise," Ronald Reynolds said.

He said police did not give any indication what the discovery means.

Ronald Reynolds said he is convinced the family in DiPietro's house has more information than they have shared.

"Every day, it gets hotter and hotter," he said. "I hope they pull them back in, set them down and give them the opportunity to say something."

DiPietro, his mother and a third adult were home the night of Dec. 16, and police have questioned all three, McCausland said Saturday.

"We believe they have not given us the full story," he said.

DiPietro has said he took a polygraph test, but has declined to say what the results were.

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Andrew Jones's picture

Are the parents' 15 minutes

Are the parents' 15 minutes up yet? This is getting ridiculous. Find the body, and/or arrest someone already.

GARY SAVARD's picture

Dan, I think the police

Dan, I think the police figured it out back in December. What they need to make an arrest or arrests is enough evidence to convict the guilty. Finding Ayla is the key I think. This is why they have been searching woods and water all over the place for weeks. In the real world, you need proof, not just an opinion, like most of us have in these comment threads. Later.

Kathy Emery's picture

WHY should be care?

WHY should we care? How can you even make this statement. WHY should we care??? Human decency for one! Because she is a young child who is not able to take care of herself for another. If this little one was your daughter, grand daughter, niece etc. would you have the gaul to say the same thing or make this same statment. Dan if your intent with this comment was to come across as a JERK, well let me tell you.....You
succeeded! You should be ashamed!

David  Cote's picture


No one's twisting your arm to follow this story. And unlike yourself, there are many people who are following this story and who genuinely care about this child's well being. Lighten up.

GARY SAVARD's picture

Just Dan Being Dan. I know

Just Dan Being Dan. I know he's a real softie at heart.


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