December 11, 2013

Timeline: Ayla Reynolds disappearance

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Attorney John Nale announces that the $30,000 reward for information expires June 30.

June 30, 2012
The $30,000 reward for information expires at the end of the day. A candlelight vigil is held at 29 Violette Ave. from 9 p.m. to midnight.

July 2, 2012

The DiPietro family removes the teddy bear shrine that appeared on the lawn of 29 Violette Ave. shortly after Ayla’s disappearance.

July 14, 2012

Reynolds holds A Benefit Walk For Ayla in Portland from Monument Square to Deering Park to mark the 200th day since her disappearance. Reynolds says she wants to share the walk she used to do nearly every day with Ayla.

July 17, 2012
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.

During the previous weekend, a “missing” sign was put up at 29 Violette Ave.

Oct. 5, 2012
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.

Dec. 14, 2012
 McCausland says at a press conference communication between investigators and Justin, Elisha and Phoebe has improved. Bourget says police presented his clients with physical evidence from the case and the DNA evidence from the basement matches Ayla, but it “isn’t necessarily blood.”

Dec. 17, 2012
A group of about 20 people lights candles and sing Christmas carols in front of 29 Violette Ave. in an event called Peace for Ayla. Although the house is well lit inside and out, there is no sign of its occupants during the vigil.

July 25, 2013
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 he is living in his mother's basement on Violette Avenue and “trying to live a normal life.”

Sept. 10, 2013
DiPietro is arrested in South Portland for violating bail conditions — possession of alchol.

Sept. 26, 2013
Reynolds and DiPietro relatives quarrel inside and outside Cumberland County Courthouse at DiPietro’s hearing. Reynolds said that while the hearing wasn’t related to Ayla’s disappearance, it was an opportunity to raise awareness that no one had been charged.

DiPietro pleads guilty to violating conditions of release.

Oct. 23, 2013
A morning-long search by state police and game wardens in woods off Hussey Hill Road in Oakland turns up nothing by animal bones. McCausland said the search was prompted by one of more than 1,400 tips they've now received in the case, and the area has come up three times in tips. He said the investigation is ongoing and investigators continue to talk to family members.

"We won't stop searching until we find Ayla," he says in a news conference.

— From staff reports

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