On December 17th, 2011 Ayla Reynolds was reported missing from her Father’s, Justin DiPietro, Waterville home.
Investigators met in Waterville on Friday to mark the anniversary of the case.
Almost a year later and police are not releasing the name of any suspects or leads in the cases – but one thing remains the same. The toddler is still missing.
Maine Public Safety Spokesman, Steve McCausland said “This is now the largest criminal investigation in the state history.”
Maine Law Enforcement said the search has not stopped for missing Ayla Reynolds, but due to the state of the investigation, no new information can be released.
“We’re not going to even speculate where we are in the charging procedure. Our main focus is to find Ayla,” said McCausland.
Police are still in contact with the toddler’s family in Waterville, especially her father, Justin DiPietro, as well Ayla’s grandmother, Phoebe DiPietro. McCausland said he spoke with them last month and called the conversation a positive one.
Maine Police have received over 1,300 leads of Ayla Reynolds whereabouts over the past 12 months and have searched in 40 states. “Maine to Florida, Texas, California, Alaska, Hawaii and into Canada,” said Sgt. Jeffery Love.
Justin DiPietro’s property looks different than it did last winter, shrines and stuffed animals are gone, now stands a single picture on the property next to a no trespassing sign, but one this remains the same – Ayla Reynolds is still missing.
McCausland said they will find more information. “It will take as long as it takes to get those answers. We have a committed team, we’re in it for the long haul, we’re in it for Ayla.”
The Spokesman said police will be meeting with Ayla’s mother, Trista Reynolds, this weekend and are in constant contact with her, but adds they have received no new information from her as well.
There have been numerous event held state-wide for the missing toddler and there will be two more in the upcoming days.
The Riverton Community Center in Portland will release flying lanterns in Alya’s honor from 6-8 pm on Saturday.