State Police Turn Waterville Home Back Over To OccupantsMaine Department of Public Safety Spokesperson Steve McCausland said on Saturday afternoon, Maine State Police turned the home on Violette Avenue back over to the occupants.
Massey said Waterville police will work with state police and other agencies in helping solve what happened to Ayla.
On Friday, a shed in the back yard of Justin DiPietro's home was roped off and investigators. At one point, they removed a paper bag from the house.
This story was originally posted on 12/30/2011 @ 7:39pm
So, obviously this information is a day and a half old.
Police release home
A no-trespassing sign was posted Sunday afternoon to a tree outside the home where 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds was reported last seen.
Maine State Police ended their investigative work Saturday at the home, which is owned by Ayla's grandmother, Phoebe DiPietro. Police also "released the house back to the occupants," according to Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland.
Throughout the day Sunday, several cars were parked in DiPietro's driveway. Earlier in the day, before the no trespassing sign was posted, a reporter knocked on the door on two separate occasions, but no one answered
Ayla Reynolds dad was on Today show this morning for the first time. What a difference from Mom's interview and Dads. Just as soon as it's available I will try to post.
Justin DiPietro, the father of missing Maine toddler, Ayla, speaks out for the first time and defends why he has remained publicly silent until now. NBC’s Aditi Roy reports.
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Hmm, the little girls mother is a druggie, Mass. State Police are involved. Gotta wonder who Aylas mom is indebted to.
Foul Play Suspected In Maine Toddlers' Disappearance
Criminologist Worries Evidence Maybe Compromised In Reynolds Case
7:39 pm EST December 31, 2011
"The Maine State Police major crimes unit is now leading the investigation, with some assistance from Massachusetts State Police"
"""There's the possibility that the evidence has been destroyed," Fox said. "In which case, it may prevent them from solving the case. Or, if not that, should they solve the case, be inadmissible in court because of that compromise."" --James Alan Fox, a criminologist
When you read the transcript you can see that this is some specualtion on the part of Mr Fox as in "maybe" evidence was compromised. It did not sound to me that he had any first hand information.
Our Maine State Police have solved some pretty baffling cases in recent years. I think they are very good at their jobs and, as Mr Fox said, were undoubtedly aware that this could have been foul play from the start and, I would think, have been very wary of how any and all evidence was handled.
I thought it likely a criminal act from the start.That being said I will give the detectives their chance to put it together and don"t reckon it is going to take all that long now. I strongly suspect that someone, other than the perp(s) likely knows what happened also and that ususally helps in the long run.
Wow, Bob S. Good call. Never thought of that, but it would be exactly something that MS13 would do.
Roger Ek "Wow, Bob S. Good call. Never thought of that, but it would be exactly something that MS13 would do"
A so-called high ranking, MS13 gang member from New York was arrested in Waterville about 2005.
Sunday, Dec. 18 ... Police say they’ve interviewed several adults who were in DiPietro’s house when Ayla was put to bed Friday night.
I've wondered about this from the beginning. How carefully have they followed through with these interviews and watching these people? Are these all local people who are known in the community? Where are they now? So many unanswered questions.
Not sure what that criminologist is referring to and not sure if he's applying Mass. law, but I would speculate that, in a Maine courtroom, any "compromise" of any evidence would go the weight that evidence should be given by the jury and would not go to its admissibility.
Unanswered questions is how an investigation moves forward. They're going about this correctly. I suspect they 'know' what happened. Proving it is a different ballgame.
You are right, Charlie. Like Columbo, play it close to the chest.
About the use of the Masachusetts State police in the investigation of a Watervillie,Maine crime.
There is an archaic,unique,reciprocal, arrangement between Maine law enforcement agencies and Massachusetts law enforcement agencies that circumvents State judicition boundries between the two States. The last time it was used was in 2004 Democratic National Convention, held in Boston,Massachusetts, when Maine State troopers could be seen directig traffic,ect, on the streets of Boston,Masaschusetts.
'I'm here to help,' father says
On Monday, DiPietro, 24, sat in the sunlit living room of 29 Violette Ave., the home where Ayla was last seen. His mother, Phoebe DiPietro, and older brother, Lance DiPietro, sat nearby.
DiPietro said he wanted to clarify a widespread rumor regarding the hours before Ayla was reported missing. He said some media outlets and blogs reported there was a party at the DiPietro home on Dec. 16
Thanks to all, for the details and information.
Every time I see that photo of the growing shrine of stuffed animals, I wish there was a cover over it, to shelter it from the rain and snow. The whole situation is so very, very sad.
Police keep quiet as search for Ayla Reynolds continues
Two agencies don’t say whether they told Justin DiPietro to avoid media
“It’s kind of a case-by-case thing,” said Chuck Drago, a retired police chief from of Oviedo, Fla., and law enforcement consultant.
.........SnipDrago said information about an ongoing investigation needs to be managed closely. Police need to balance the public’s need for information without creating false or misleading information in people’s minds, he said.
At the same time, police are aware that media silence on the part of people involved in the case can appear suspicious, he said.
STILL LOOKING: The search for 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds continues.
This case is very hard to read each and every day, I agree Naran it would be nice to see something put over the area. This case has touch many lives. We are all praying for the safe return of the child. The Men and Women on the case are working hard and looking Ayla.
Special unit investigates Ayla Reynolds' disappearance
There are three reasons for the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit to get involved in an investigation. The unit handles homicides, suspicious deaths and major investigations, McCausland said.
"If there is a homicide, we intervene immediately," he said. "The division investigates all homicides in Maine, with the exceptions of Bangor and Portland. The detectives within those two municipal police departments investigate their own.
Some children fearful after toddler Ayla’s disappearance, mental health agency says
Staff at Kennebec Behavioral Health, which operates four clinics in central Maine, have reported children struggling to cope as the case stretches into its third week, said clinical director Karen Mosher.
“They’re seeing a number of children who were experiencing anxiety and fear in regard to the situation,” she said. “Some of these are children who have been exposed to a lot of media attention and drama.”
Waterville Police Department
Responding publicly to rumors is a dangerous thing for us to do - once we start, where to we stop? This afternoon, however, we want you to know that Ayla Reynolds has NOT been located. Help stop - not perpetuate - inaccurate rumors. Please share widely.
One of the problems with the CSI generation is that they expect real crimes to be solved within the 30 to 60 minute programing time they're used to on television. It doesn't work that way in the real world. Rest assured that everyone in that house that night has been interviewed, offered a polygraph, their vehicles and residences searched, and their alibis double checked. Everybody's cell phone (and home) phone calls have been reviewed, and DNA samples obtained. If they haven't agreed to and passed a polygraph examination they are among the list of suspects being looked at very closely. This case will be solved, and I doubt an MS 13 gang member will have been the culprit!
Missing toddler's father describes family's ordeal
Ayla Reynold's father says he is willing to face criticism to bring her back
WATERVILLE — The past two weeks have been difficult for Justin DiPietro. His daughter is missing, and widespread speculation has often focused on him.
Particularly, from the host of a daily HLN television program, he said.
Justin DiPietro said his invitation is solely for Nancy Grace, not for her show’s producers.
“She’s got a job to do and I do respect that,” he said. “And, as far as her personal attacks on me, well, thank you, Nancy Grace, you are essentially keeping the awareness up about Ayla.”
Ayla's father talks about her broken arm
'I came up the stairs and slipped. It happened so fast, I don’t know exactly how I fell on her, but I fell on her,' says Justin DiPietro
DiPietro, 24, said the accident occurred on a rainy night in November, but he's unsure of the exact date.
DiPietro had just returned from the grocery store with Ayla. He went into his mother's home on Violette Avenue with bags of groceries in one arm and Ayla in the other.
"I was carrying her," he recalled during a Thursday interview with the Morning Sentinel. "Usually I let her walk, but it was raining out that night and it was dark."
"I came up the stairs and slipped. It happened so fast, I don't know exactly how I fell on her, but I fell on her," he said. "It's burned into my brain."
Investigation kept family out of home for two weeks
"I walked out of my house to go down to the station to give statements, and all of a sudden we were homeless on top of everything else," recalled Phoebe DiPietro, the 21-month-old child's grandmother. "We walked out with the clothes on our back and weren't allowed in for 14 days."
On Dec. 31, Phoebe DiPietro was invited back to her home by police. Everything inside had changed, she said. Furniture was in disarray and covered in blue and black dust from investigators swabbing for fingerprints. Items that were typically found in the basement were upstairs, and vice versa.
"My house was in shambles," she recalled. "I don't even know how to describe that. I felt violated. Along with the fact that someone took my granddaughter from my home, (the police) came in and did what they did."
Police removed some items from the home, but she declined to provide details.
Nonetheless, she said the work was necessary.
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WOW just to many children missing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
According to law enforcement statistics, over 99% of those young children are safe with their biological parents. They are custody disputes. An extensive underground exists to hide and even change the identities of parents who have their children.
That 99% does not include runaways who chose to run. Those kids are indeed in danger. Some are virtual slaves and regret their choices. They don't know of any way out. Many of the people on the site are not kids. "Birth Date: July 6, 1982" This person is about 30 years old.
Do not make the mistake of grouping those two different statistical populations together.
I just keep hoping that in this case, the mother has taken and hidden the child and that she's ok. No parent should ever have to go through this.
Last night's news reports referenced the number of children whose parents are seeking therapy for them, due to the "worry" over Ayla's disappearance.
Do these people know how to change the channel, change the subject, turn off the tv, and avoid burdening their children with the endless speculation/sensationalism?
Sometimes, I swear common sense has left the "endangered" list, and is residing in a sarcophagus.
Naran...... it's just a chance for everyone to become the victim and scarred for life !!!