Missing Toddler: Parents Meet for First Time Since Disappearance


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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WATERVILLE, Maine) — The parents of missing Maine toddler Ayla Bell Reynolds met at a vigil Saturday for the first time since their daughter’s disappearance, as police waited for test results for blood found in the toddler’s father’s home.

Blood was found in the Maine home from which the 20-month-old toddler disappeared on Dec. 17, according to her father, Justin DiPietro.

But DiPietro isn’t talking.

“I’m not here to answer any questions, just to support Ayla,” DePietro said at the vigil.

“Me and state police have the same questions and answers, you know what I mean, just…the answers to those questions…and I’m not the person for that. Those questions are for Justin, not me,” said Trista Reynolds, the toddler’s mother.

Police have not yet named DePietro a suspect, or even a person of interest, in the case. No one has been charged in the case, which has included law enforcement’s aerial and foot searches of an icy river near DiPietro’s home and the draining of a local stream.

The searches have yielded no clues. A $30,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Ayla.

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