It feels like forever since Ayla Reynolds vanished, though over an entire year is forever when a young child is missing. It's been several months since officials revealed that the Maine toddler was likely dead and the latest update in her case only affirms these claims. The child's step grandfather posted a rundown of Trista Reynolds' meeting with investigators on his website. He quoted that there was "unequivocal evidence" that she is dead.
Photographs were reportedly shared with Trista for identification purposes -- of items that were reportedly found in the Kennebec River last year. However, Trista couldn't identify any of these items. That could mean that they're either not related to Ayla's case, or they're simply items that Trista was unfamiliar with, as the child was in the custody of her father at the time of her disappearance.
Other details regarding Trista's meeting with officials are being kept from the public, and for good reason. For the solidarity of the investigation, it's important that vital information stay classified. Investigators are likely paying close attention to a lot of details that are important to tracking down who may be responsible for her "disappearance."
Will the remains of Ayla Reynolds ever be found though? Hopefully, since closure is necessary for everyone to move on in this tragic case. With the tot's body officials can move on with their investigation and track down any suspects and the child's loved ones will have the closure of knowing what happened - although the though of her being gone is mighty grim.
This is a sad case that has captivated much of the U.S. throughout the end of 2011 and much of 2012. Will the year 2013 hold any answers?
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Chelsea Hoffman is a candidly opinionated crime analyst with a lifelong interest in criminology and activism. She also owns 'Girl Nerdology' and is the author of several fiction stories. Follow her on Twitter @TheRealChelseaH or email her privately through Chelsea Hoffman: Case to Case.