Ayla Reynolds’ grandfather challenges missing toddler’s dad
WATERVILLE, Maine — The maternal grandfather of a toddler who went missing two months ago is challenging her father to explain what happened on the night she was last seen in his home.
Ron Reynolds said Thursday his family is being torn apart because the father, Justin DiPietro, and others in the Waterville home won’t explain what happened before Ayla Reynolds was reported missing on Dec. 17.
That's what I asked.... or is it like the Gerber Life???? See above.
I didn't read from the mother's comments in the articles that it was one of those long term savings plans. It sounded like he was plotting a murder and expected to win big from it.
Insurance on children isn't unusual, agents say
"Parents having life insurance on their children is not at all uncommon. In fact, many group life insurance plans have dependents' coverage because children do pass away," said Tom Record, senior staff attorney for the Maine Bureau of Insurance.
Charles Reeves, a family law attorney in Waterville, said he would never consider buying a life insurance policy on a child, but added that the existence of a policy doesn't signify something illegal in the Ayla investigation
Closing in on over 300 replies, when an arrest[s] in made in the disappearance of the infant, will a new post/thread on the breaking news be appropriate in the AMG forum?
Charles Reeves, a family law attorney in Waterville, said he would never consider buying a life insurance policy on a child,
Typical attorney. Having dealt with many of them regarding these types of circumstances they feel much more comfortable being in charge of the family confusion during a time of passing. It is wise to buy life insurance on a child if you have the funds, first of all it will help with burial expenses in the event of an untimely death, or if the child grows to adulthood but is uninsurable due to health they at least have a minimal policy. The attorney is negligent in my opinion.
I have done my best to keep this post updated, I have changed the title when it seem to get more people to see it. When the little girl is found, I will change the title again. Or when it just makes since to do so.
I don't know the family or the child, I can only pray Ayla will be found in someones care. Lets just all pray for a positive outcome. I know what everything looks like but the hope is still the little girl is returned.
Cumberland Farms , Pine Street, Portland, ME., google image
3:41 pm EST February 21, 2012
Police Review Surveillance Video In Hunt For Toddler
PORTLAND, Maine -- New developments were reported Tuesday in the search for missing toddler Ayla Reynolds. Police are reviewing surveillance tape from a Portland convenience store, WMTW-TV reported.
A spokeswoman for Cumberland Farms said that the company turned over footage from its Pine Street store in relation to the investigation.
Ayla's father, Justin DiPietro, reported his daughter missing on Dec. 17 from his Waterville home...
Ayla Reynolds website providing information, comfort for family
PORTLAND, Maine — Two weeks after Ayla Reynolds disappeared, Jeff Hanson thought he was seeing the little girl everywhere.
Hanson, who is Ayla’s step-grandfather, was walking his dog near his home one day when he passed a little blond girl riding in a stroller.
“I was looking for Ayla in her face,” said Hanson, whose interview with the Bangor Daily News Tuesday was the first he has granted to the media. “At that moment I put it together that I was looking to see if it was Ayla. I was seeing her everywhere.”
'People want to get involved'
There are almost 20 different Facebook pages and several blogs dedicated to the Waterville toddler
Cases like Ayla's are a natural fit for social media because people can use those tools to organize events, offer support to families and, in some instances, find the missing. Users are also free to express their own theories and stoke rumors, which have the potential to devastate the families of the missing and ignite violence
MISSING: A picture of Ayla Reynolds sits among a shrine of teddy bears on the steps of Waterville City Hall during a vigil for the missing toddler at Castonguay Square in downtown Waterville on Saturday.
Emotional grandmother speaks at vigil
I'd like to thank the Waterville community and the ladies that put this on for Ayla today," Phoebe DiPietro said. "I love her very much, and I want to thank everyone's efforts for trying to bring her home. I pray that she will be home."
It was the fourth vigil in Waterville for Ayla, who was reported missing by her father, Justin DiPietro, on Dec. 17.
COMFORT: Phoebe DiPietro, grandmother of Ayla Reynolds, is comforted by her friend Connie McCord, of Waterville, at a vigil for the missing toddler at Castonguay Square in downtown Waterville on Saturday.
the family that supported the DiPietros then continues to support them now
Heidi Tudela said DiPietro was always trustworthy.
“He was always honest with me. He was who he was, and he didn’t pretend to be somebody else. I’ve always told him, ever since he was little, I respected that,” she said.
Continuing their support for DiPietro has made them the target of criticism, but they won’t back down unless police can prove he was involved in any wrongdoing, she said.
“There’s nothing that says he has done something. It’s as simple as that,” she said. “And, if he were to be proven guilty of something, I would still be OK with (having supported him), because it was still the right thing to do. Do I believe he is guilty? Absolutely not. But, I still would’ve been OK with what I did, because it’s still the right way to go about it. You don’t convict somebody without evidence.”
Ayla's family launches blog, mother doubts kidnapping claim
New blog represents views from Reynolds family
Ayla’s stepgrandfather Jeff Hanson has launched a blog to post what he describes as inside information about the ongoing case of the missing toddler, now entering its fourth month.
Hanson, a hobbyist Web designer in Portland, said www.answersforayla.com will represent the personal observations and opinions of the Reynolds family along with facts, including links to scanned copies of medical, court and Department of Health and Human Services records that the family acquired late last week.
Police decline to comment on blog's claim in Ayla case
Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland said Monday he has reviewed the blog but wouldn't comment on its contents.
"Any specifics that might be mentioned are investigative details that we're not going to get into," he said.
In mid-January, McCausland announced the discovery of blood in the basement of 29 Violette Ave. He said the laboratory had attributed some of the blood samples to Ayla but would not say how much.
Although he wouldn't comment on the specifics of the blog, McCausland said the site serves a purpose.
"It's another way of utilizing the Internet to keep Ayla's name in the forefront, and that is positive and helpful," he said.
Is there significance to the still shot of the Portland Cumberland Farms photo above?
The Police were looking at the stores tape to see who might have been at the store. The talk was, someone saw someone there conected to the case.
Search renewed for Ayla Reynolds
During today's Ayla Reynolds search, a 2004 body discovered
On the banks of the Messalonskee Stream, volunteer searchers located the skeletal remains of a man whom investigators believe to be Steven Brandon, 53, a Waterville resident who has been missing since Feb. 2004.
The search continues
McCausland also said that communication with the three adults who were in the home the night before Ayla was reported missing has “basically stopped.” Those adults are Ayla’s father, Justin DiPietro; DiPietro’s girlfriend, Courtney Roberts, of Portland; and his sister, Elisha DiPietro.
“As I have stated all along, we believe those three individuals inside that home that night know things that they haven’t told us, and that is frustrating,” he said. “But we continue on, we continue to make progress and the work will not stop.”
Asked why communication has stopped, McCausland said, “I guess you’ll have to ask them why the communication has stopped.”
Steve Bourget, the Augusta lawyer representing Elisha DiPietro and Ayla’s grandmother PhoebeDiPietro, agreed that communication has stopped between his two clients and investigators, but they remain cooperative, he said.
“As far as Elisha and Phoebe are concerned, police have not asked us any questions,” Bourget said.
“Anything we can do to help, we will wholeheartedly help, but they have not asked for any help.”
I find that incredibly creepy.
So far we have 10 pages on this site comprised of zero information or intelligence about this possibly tragic event. Why not just shut up about it until we learn something...anything?
Why not just shut up about it until we learn something...anything?
Because I would like to believe that Philip is doing good by keeping this in the light. Keep the pressure on. Someone is bound to crack.
Really Watcher REALLY: My only reason to keep Alya post alive is to pray for the safe return of the little girl. Someone somewhere knows what happens, and if by the grace of god, someone reads this stream and breaks the case wide open is the least I can do. Waterville, Oakland, Winslow and Fairfield are tight communities, we ALL care. If it bothers you, when something breaks, I will change the title of the thread then you can come back and read what’s going on. How is that, so just pass buy if the title has not changed?
Ayla Reynolds’ mom believes father has answers to toddler’s fate
But she worries that DiPietro may have had a difficult time dealing with Ayla because she was high-strung and used to being the center of attention in her home.
“What’s really on my mind on a daily basis is I’m wondering every day whether my daughter is dead or alive. That’s what I want to know. Is she alive or is she dead?” Reynolds said. “… At least tell me that little bit.”
Trista Reynolds holds son Raymond Fortier while talking about her missing daughter Ayla Reynolds in Portland on Feb. 15, 2012. Ayla went missing from her father's home in Waterville in Decembe
Vigil planned to mark Ayla Reynolds' 2nd birthday
PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The family of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds and the non-profit "Lost N Missing" are holding a vigil in honor of her 2nd birthday next week.
Ayla went missing from her father's home in December, and police say they still do not know what happened to her.
Trista Reynolds says her goal for this vigil is to remember Ayla, celebrate her energy and happy personality, and leave all the finger pointing that has come because of her disappearance aside.
DiPietro: 'Where's my daughter?'
"The only question I have is 'Where is my daughter?' " Justin DiPietro said.
DiPietro said he is cooperating with the investigation.
"(Investigators) have my phone number, they know where I live. I've made myself available to them and accessible at any point in time they've asked me or called me. As far as 'no communication,' I do not understand where that's coming from."
DiPietro said he has offered tips and theories about Ayla's whereabouts to investigators. His attempts to follow up with investigators on those tips go nowhere, he said.
"You can try and try, but if you're not getting anything in return ... It's like (McCausland) said, communication is a two-way street."
Common sense not enough to crack Ayla Reynolds case
It’s not as easy as it appears to be on TV shows such as “CSI” and “Criminal Minds,” where complicated tests are run and data are received within minutes, but certainly science and technology have advanced the business of solving crimes.
As sad as it may be, when and if they do find Ayla’s body, it could go a long way toward helping ensure that her case does not end up on that unsolved list.
While common sense can’t prove a case and a person’s conscience can’t be counted on, science and technology can and they have come a long way since Aisha Dickson was murdered.
Ayla Reynolds’ dad disputes police
told the Morning Sentinel that if communication has stopped, it’s because questions they ask police don’t get answered.
DiPietro says he has offered tips and theories about Ayla’s whereabouts to police, but follow-up attempts with investigators have gone nowhere.
McCausland on Friday said he stands by his previous statements.
No matter what, find this little girl please
God be with her.
From today's story in the Sun Journal, I get the idea that if anyone solves this case, the police will be very happy to step in and take credit for bringing it to an end. ( in other words, it appears they "don't have a clue".)
In many ways solving crimes is easier today than ever before.
But there are two very basic factors — and they aren’t scientific or technical — that, if missing, can grind a homicide investigation to a halt: a body and a cooperating witness.