Missing Maine baby Ayla Reynolds still hasn't been found, and as promised the reward offered in her case has been revoked. Thirty-thousand dollars was offered to anyone who could give information leading to the discovery of the missing 20-month old girl, or leading to an arrest in her case. This unfortunate action leaves many questions remaining. For instance, does this mean an arrest is imminent or does it mean this case is going to be classified as cold soon?
The mother of Ayla Reynolds, Trista Reynolds, expressed disappointment about a month ago regarding the end of the reward. She was stressed that this would mean the end of the efforts in finding her beloved daughter. It would be wonderful if Steve McCausland addressed the closing of the reward one more time to clarify exactly what it means. Of course investigators have stated that they're never going to give up on searching for baby Ayla, but what investigator hasn't said this about a missing child or woman? In six months, this case could be legally classified as "cold," which is an unsettling thought considering all of the circumstantial evidence there is piled against the DiPietro family.
Justin DiPietro reported Ayla missing on the 17th of December, 2011. The morning he reported her gone, he hung up on the police at least twice and reportedly barricaded himself in the bathroom of his mother's home. He, his mother, his sister and his girlfriend have all been uncooperative by not admitting to police what happened in the home the night the little girl vanished. The Maine State Police have well established by now that the child was not abducted and is most likely dead.
So with the closing of this $30,000.00 reward, will the police attempt to make an arrest based off the circumstantial evidence against the adults in the DiPietro household? It would be nice to see some kind of movement in the investigation, even if it means prosecution of those who have obviously misled law enforcementÂ—which in itself is a crime!
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