PORTLAND – It’s considered the largest criminal investigation in Maine’s history.
Four years later, Ayla Reynolds is still missing and no one is charged. The toddler disappeared from her fathers Waterville home on this day in 2011 and hasn’t been seen since.
The Christmas Tree here in Monument Square holds special meaning for Trista Reynolds, it’s where she brought Ayla for her first Christmas. That was the only Christmas they ever spent together.
“My only Christmas wish would be to bring her home for my boys and for me.” said Reynolds. It’s been 4 years since she disappeared and Trista says it doesn’t get easier.
This year ayla would have turned five and would have started kindergarten.
Trista still doesn’t have answers.
“It’s this guy right here that has all the questions and I don’t have the answers to give to him.” Reynolds says of Ayla’s brother.
On December 17 2011, Ayla’s father Justin Dipietro told police he woke up and found Ayla’s crib empty. That launched mass searches in and around his Waterville home.
Police have said they found Ayla’s blood inside the home and they don’t think Depietro and two other people there that night are telling the whole story.
“It’s been frustrating on that part that we think they know more than what they’ve let on.” commented Steve McCausland, Maine State Police spokesman.
Investigators have gone through 1500 leads and conducted searches as recent as this year. There’s been an immense effort that’s taken place over those 4 years and we’ll continue until we get the answer
Police don’t think Ayla is alive, but they continue to work to bring her justice and this mother hangs on to hope that one day her little girl will come home.
Ayla’s family plans to have a big rally in April for her sixth birthday.
Trista asked people to light pink lights at their homes every day until the end of the year in Ayla’s memory.