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The Stats on Child

The Stats on Child Abduction

1.4 percent of child abductions are by total strangers!

•In 80 percent of abductions by strangers, the first contact between the child and the abductor occurs within a quarter mile of the child's home.

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Photo: Toddler search now

Photo: Toddler search now includes pond

A pond near the home of toddler Ayla Reynolds is being drained and searched by Steve Allarie and others from the Maine State Warden Service today. The pond, on First Rangeway in Waterville, is a few blocks from the home where the child was last seen late Friday or Saturday.

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Search expands as tips flood

Search expands as tips flood in

Police pursuing many leads as Ayla Reynolds remains missing
By Doug Harlow dharlow@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

WATERVILLE -- The search for missing 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds expanded to new areas of the city Wednesday as investigators examined the onslaught of tips received from the public since the search began Saturday morning.


LIGHTS: Katherine McIntyre, left, sits with her daughter Noelle, 7, at a vigil for Ayla Reynolds organized by the Mainely Moms & Dads organization at the First Congregational Church in Waterville on Wednesday.

Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans

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Police crime scene tape

Police crime scene tape surrounds toddler's home

At a 2 p.m. press conference, Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said it is still considered a missing child case and he said the crime scene tape is merely meant as a barrier to aid officers searching the home. A cadaver dog is also included in the search, he said.

Maine State Police have marked the home of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds as a crime scene. The agency's Evidence Response Team as well as Incident Command and Communication trucks are also at the Waterville home where the 20-month-old child was reported missing Saturday morning.

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I think even a casual

I think even a casual observer would conclude that, with the evidence team, and investigation trucks at the scene, behind yellow tape, that a significant turn has taken place in the investigation, one perhaps not all that really unexpected.

I have raised 5 children and a 1 yr old just not just disappear out of a house with seven adults in it at the time. This was very suspicious from the beginning.

WC

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My guess is the kid wandered

My guess is the kid wandered off. I think they made a mistake by ending the ground search.

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A significant turn of events,

A significant turn of events, and not a good one regarding finding her alive. Her wandering away just doesn't pass the reality test. What ever the conclusion is better then not knowing. A pawn in a stupid game. Mom and dad are equally to blame here.

For what it's worth.

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Ditto to what Charlie said

Ditto to what Charlie said

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Having the cadaver dog on

Having the cadaver dog on site certainly indicates to me that they are looking for her body, as opposed to finding her alive. The crime scene around the house, despite Massey's poor attempt at trying to defuse the importance of it, indicates also that the investigation seems now to be concentrated on the house and immediate area.

This is a significant change from the search that they had been undertaking up til today.

WC

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As of today, they have not

As of today, they have not ceased the ground search. Teams with dogs could be seen searching along 95, south of Waterville, in the morning and in the afternoon today.

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Waterville Police Department

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This afternoon, rumors have run rampant regarding the status of this case. Please understand that at this hour, Ayla has not been located. Investigators are working harder than ever on this case, and we will release information as it becomes available and appropriate. We fully understand the emotion and attention that Ayla's disappearance has caused. Please stay with us as we move forward, and please share this with your friends to help get the word out.

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This afternoon we saw a woman

This afternoon we saw a woman with a dog on a leash stopped on the Northbound lane of I-95. The dog appeared to be sniffing a trash bag.

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Again, all we can do is

Again, all we can do is speculate because we don't know what we don't know. At this point in the investigation all family members and those present at the residence have been interviewed. All alibis are being verified. Polygraphs of the parents and others have probably been offered, and some if not all have been completed. A 20 month old is not going to wander far from the residence or be able to survive the overnight temps we have been experiencing. The focus returns to the crime scene and to the vehicles belonging to those who were at the residence that night. I have not heard anything concerning the child's broken arm, but I'm certain that is all being re-examined. The forensic experts are going over the residence with a fine tooth comb and that process may well be the path to solving this case.

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Businesses step up in search

Businesses step up in search for Ayla Reynolds

On Thursday, the daily buffet that included support from Big G’s, The Corner Store in Oakland, Dunkin’ Donuts, Governor’s Restaurant, Hannaford, Papa John’s Pizza, Red Barn, Sam’s Pizza, Subway, Tim Hortons, Walmart and Wendy’s moved from Mathews Road to Head of Falls off Front Street. Hatch estimates that more than $1,000 in food is being donated every day.

One of the companies, Central Maine Disposal in Fairfield, provided six paid employees to the search Thursday, president Mickey Wing said.

Liane Hatch, conference and events manager at Best Western Plus on Main Street, has helped organize a community effort

I tried to put all who have help in this post, all that can be said is THANK YOU!!!

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You can bet on them working

You can bet on them working tirelessly on this case. The Police, FBI, Fire and volunteers are all doing what they can humanly do to find this sweet little girl.

I would only offer one suggestion, find a top notch psychic in to read the house.

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For what it is

For what it is worth,historically there were two child abductions in Waterville in the 1930s. I recall reading about it about a decade ago while reading newspaper archives on historical events in Maine.

The Oxnard Daily Courier - May 5, 1936
"Waterville Maine"
"' Annie K. Knights, 12, was found in the neighboring hills of Fairfield and Mary Proulx, 7 was found in a clump of busshes near her home'"

Boston Globe--May 9, 1936
"FOLSOM ADMITS SLAYING GIRLS
Maine Ex-Convict Is Captured on Farm Near Portland Rushed to State Capitol Later Leads Police to Murder Spot Off to Fairfield at Dawn"
James H. Folsom, 35, a Skowhegan farm hand, tonight confessed to the murders of Annie K. Knights, 12, in Fairfield last October and of Mary Proulx, 7, in Waterville last Sunday.

{very indepth coverage including Watervillie police's handling of the abductions, also, popular opinion of Waterville people at the time]:
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=BuQ0AAAAIBAJ&sjid=yGkFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5...

news sources for above:
http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/boston/access/2033847112.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=A...

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=51JLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=giMNAAAAIBAJ&pg=6...

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=COQ0AAAAIBAJ&sjid=yGkFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1...

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Police: Snowfall hampers

Police: Snowfall hampers search for toddler
The Associated Press

WATERVILLE — Large-scale search efforts for a missing 20-month-old girl are being hampered by a couple of inches of snow that fell overnight as the search for the central Maine toddler enters its seventh day.

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Isaiah Vear, 5, of Waterville

Isaiah Vear, 5, of Waterville walks away from a memorial of stuffed toys after he placed a toy for missing 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds outside her home Thursday. People gathered at a Waterville church Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil.

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Has anyone asked the

Has anyone asked the question: "Was the child taken by MDHHS ?"

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MSNBC You be the judge,

MSNBC

You be the judge, something is just not right. Is it me? Dose this look like a mom missing her child? What am I missing?

I hope the clip works

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Phil Roy is this the link?

Phil Roy

is this the link? Presuming yes, it take about 4 minutes to get to the interview

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45775756/ns/us_news-life/

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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Agreed, Phil. The earlier

Agreed, Phil.

The earlier clips had all the distress of someone who couldn't remember where she left her thong.

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One thing we have to remember

One thing we have to remember is that neither this little girl, nor any other children, asked to be born into difficult circumstances.

One of the greatest tragedies of the welfare state, is the millions of innocent victims who are born into situations that the welfare state "enables".

I wonder when we will wake up to realize what we have done. If we had been trying to create these tragic circumstances,we couldn't have done it any better.

WC

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Empirefalls: Yes I was

Empirefalls: Yes I was trying to embed it in the post, thank you. I just can't understand the way she is reacting to everything. As an outsider looking in, it dosn't feel right.

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woodcanoe, sadly you are

woodcanoe, sadly you are absolutely correct in your statement above. God help these little ones.

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Do you know what

Do you know what accommodation theology is? My daughter and I were talking about this today, and its pervasive application in the broader sense in our schools, our society, and our culture.

What WC describes, and the entitlement mentality from which it stems, can be placed under the umbrella of such redefinition to avoid offending and avoid the challenge of rigid adherence to basic principles and morality.

Self-governance? How about self-delusion?

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Something else I don't

Something else I don't understand - If DHHS took the girl from the mother when mother checked into a rehab, why did they not take the 9 month old son too? It all just sounds so strange. Also in previous articles there were comments from the mother that the father had nothing to do with the child. But would DHHS place the child with the father if he was not a normal caregiver? And is there talk of a girlfriend too? I haven't read anything about who the "several adults" were that were in the house the night the child disappeared.

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Snow limits search for Ayla

Snow limits search for Ayla Reynolds

snip "Dave Martin, president of Dirigo Search and Rescue, one of 15 volunteer groups affiliated with the Maine Association of Search and Rescue, said he packed up his trailer and left Waterville on Thursday night. He said wardens met with volunteers at 5 p.m. Thursday to say that they were planning to search smaller geographical areas the next morning"

INVESTIGATION CONTINUES: Maine State Police investigators put on latex gloves and booties on Friday morning before entering the Waterville home of Ayla Reynolds, above right.


HOPING: Ayla Reynolds’ mother Trista Reynolds, right, is consoled by her father, Ronald Reynolds, left, and her stepsister, Whitney Raynor of Portland, second from left, and her fiance, Charles Martin of Westbrook, at a vigil for the missing girl in Portland’s Congress Square on Friday night.

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Missing girl has nation's

Missing girl has nation's attention

Snip: "On Friday, Trista Reynolds, Ayla's 23-year-old mother, staying in South Portland, appeared on NBC's Today Show. She said 24-year-old Justin DiPietro, the child's father, who reported her missing Dec. 17, is somewhat at fault."

"I'm very, very concerned that daddy says he falls on the baby on the stairs and breaks her arm, and then daddy is the one when the baby goes missing," Grace said in the same show.

Hmmmm, Something smells and it's not the ham cooking!

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