Thursday, December 5, 2013
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Contributed photo via Associated Press
Thursday, Jan. 19
Trista Reynolds announces she has taken a polygraph test but wasn't able to complete it because of a medical condition.
Saturday, Jan. 28
McCausland announces that police doubt Ayla was abducted from her home, adding that explanation doesn't pass the "straight-face test."
Earlier that day, police announce that blood was found at 29 Violette Ave. during the December search, but they don't know whose blood it is. Shortly after the announcement, DiPietro and Trista Reynolds appear together at a third vigil in Waterville. It is the first time they have seen each other since Ayla disappeared.
Sunday, Jan 29
McCausland confirms that the blood found in the Violette Avenue home is Ayla's.
Friday, Feb. 3
Dive teams from the state police and the warden service again search the Kennebec River and Messalonskee Stream.
Tuesday, Feb. 28
DiPietro and his supporters, the Tudela family, grant an interview with the Morning Sentinel. They contend that a kidnapping is plausible, despite contrary claims by state police. DiPietro said there are good reasons to believe Ayla was kidnapped, but wouldn't say what those reasons were.
Sunday, March 18
Ayla's stepgrandfather, Jeff Hanson, launches answersforayla.com, a blog that purports to have inside information from state police investigators. The blog contends investigators found more than a cup of blood in the basement at 29 Violette Ave., but police wouldn't confirm the claim.
Thursday, March 29
The Associated Press publishes an interview with Trista Reynolds, who says Ayla needed constant attention; she wonders whether DiPietro may have been frustrated by her.
Wednesday, April 25
Police recover items from the Kennebec River, which are sent to the state crime lab for testing. McCausland says investigators don't know if the items are related to Ayla.
Tuesday, May 8
Police drain a diversion channel of a Waterville dam to search for evidence. McCausland said some items were removed from the scene by detectives and sent to the crime lab for processing.
Friday, May 18
Trista Reynolds says police told her the items retrieved from the Kennebec River on May 8 are unrelated to the case.
Thursday, May 31
Maine State Police and Waterville Police hold a press conference to say Ayla is likely dead. McCausland says investigators' conclusion was based on a culmination of factors, but wouldn't say what. In addition, attorney John Nale announces that the $30,000 reward for information that would lead investigators to Ayla will expire June 30.
Tuesday, July 17
Searchers find "nothing substantial" during another search of the Kennebec River and its banks from Lockwood Dam at the Hathaway Creative Center and upstream to the Hydro Kennebec Dam. The search coincides with the seven-month mark of the investigation.
Friday, Oct. 5
State police detectives search Messalonskee Stream, which was drained by Kennebec Water District for routine maintenance. Detectives cover a half-mile of riverbanks upsteam and downstream of the North Street bridge. Nothing is found.
Thursday, July 25
DiPietro pleads not guilty to domestic violence assault after he was charged July 6 with grabbing and pushing former girlfriend Roberts while they were arguing in Portland. He is scheduled to appear on court on the charges Sept. 25.
DiPietro tells a Morning Sentinel reporter his is living in his mother's basement on Violette Avenue and "trying to live a normal life.