WATERVILLE, Maine — Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Sunday that there were no new developments in the investigation into the disappearance of 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds, which continued through the holiday weekend.

Meanwhile, members of the First Baptist Church in Waterville devoted part of their Christmas service to praying for the girl, according to the Associated Press.

The case continues to garner attention from state, regional and national media. Numerous national outlets have highlighted the case, including the Today Show more than once and the Lifetime Channel program America’s Most Wanted on Friday night.
Experts on missing persons investigations also have weighed in with a litany of theories that ranged from Ayla wandering away from her home during the night to being abducted to being the victim of foul play. Investigators have said they are pursuing several angles at once.

The whereabouts of Reynolds have been unknown for a week since her father, Justin DiPietro, reported her missing last Saturday, Dec. 17. DiPietro has told police he last saw his daughter on the previous night when he put her to bed and that when he checked on her the next morning, she was gone.

The toddler is described as 2 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing 30 pounds and with blond hair. She last was seen wearing green polka-dotted one-piece pajamas with the words “Daddy’s Princess” on the front. She had a cast on her left arm.

State and federal law enforcement agencies have spent all week searching for her, including several places in the Waterville area late this week. They searched vehicles at the DiPietro home and put crime scene tape around it, which Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said is standard procedure. As of late Saturday morning, according to McCausland, the situation still was considered a missing person case.

“I’m not aware of any new developments today on this Christmas weekend,” said McCausland.

Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins has worked as a journalist in Maine for more than 15 years and covered state government for numerous media organizations before joining the Bangor Daily News in 2009.

12 replies on “National media focuses on missing Maine toddler Ayla”

  1. Dear God please find this beautiful little girl and please find out who is resposable for her disapearance  and I for one will thank you

    1. Attacking people’s beliefs and faith does nothing to advance the conversation. Why do you care what people believe in?

  2. Unfortunity DHHS is seriously understaffed and that is” us” the voters fault for allowing the government to cut the most important bugets… As far as the cops… Just because it is not on the media doesn’t mean the cops are not handling it correctly. The can’t make everything public.

    1. ryan…don’t be a bully. The person has faith and a belief in a higher power and they believe that prayer makes a difference. Since stockholm777’s faith does not impact your daily existence, leave them to their faith and belief.

      1. I don’t appreciate being called a “bully” for pointing out the obvious. Praying will not bring Ayla back to life if she is dead, nor will it make her appear if she is lost. Nor will it have any effect whatsoever on whoever is responsible for her disappearance. Prayer does not change things like this, because prayer in this form is nothing more than trying to engage in the Force or telekinesis.

        Just because someone believes in something does not make that belief off-limits to challenge or criticism.

        1. Sorry ryan but when you engage in a personal attack of a persons faith that qualifies (at least in my opinion) for the “bully” word.

          You have no idea what the person was praying for. It could have been for the safe return or closure for the family or any number of other things. Neither you or I have any idea what the poster was referring to.

          Your “If I pray hard enough, can I make things appear out of thin air?” was not a” challenge or criticism” but a attack on a persons belief system and that is just plan wrong.

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