WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Law enforcement officials say the cost of the four-month search for missing Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds could be as much as half a million dollars.

Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey says his department has spent money on overtime, increased office supplies and even fiber-optic cable to support FBI transmissions and other data.

State police and the state Warden Service have also been intensely involved in the investigation.

Ayla was 20 months old when she was reported missing Dec. 17 by her father, who said he last saw his daughter when putting her to bed the night before.

Police have described the disappearance as a crime, but there have been no arrests.

A Department of Public Safety spokesman justified the costs, telling the Morning Sentinel “it’s what we do.”

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