Friday, March 7, 2014
By David Sharp
And Amy Calder
(Continued from page 1)
MISSING: Ayla Reynolds, who disappeared Dec. 16, 2011, from her father’s home at 29 Violette Ave., in Waterville, is seen here shortly before her disappearance. She was 20 months old at the time.
Reynolds family photo
She and her father, Ronnie Reynolds Sr., and stepfather, Jeff Hanson, did not organize or initiate the demonstration, but said they were there to support those who attended and are keeping the case in the spotlight.
Ronnie Reynolds Sr., of Portland, talked of the heartbreak, anger and sadness he continues to experience knowing his granddaughter is likely dead and those responsible are free.
“Every day it kills me — it really does,” he said at the demonstration. “Where is Ayla? The pain gets so unbelievable at times.”
Email and a cellphone message sent Monday to DiPietro’s mother, Phoebe DiPietro, seeking comment were not returned. She owns the Violette Avenue house from which Ayla disappeared.
Trista Reynolds said Monday that she’s focusing on organizing a “celebration of life” on Ayla’s fourth birthday, April 4.
“I’m thankful for all of the supporters and everyone helping out,” she said.
Justin DiPietro couldn’t be located for comment. A lawyer who represented the family didn’t immediately respond to a message.
State police say the case remains active.
Detectives have vetted 1,414 tips from the public and a team of detectives continues to pursue the investigation, said Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
“It is the largest investigation in state police history. It continues to be worked on daily,” he said.
The state Supreme Court ruling in November doesn’t require law enforcement officials to release all 911 transcripts. But it provided guidance and required justification for withholding transcripts. Under Maine law, 911 transcripts are to be made public under the FOAA law, but there can be exceptions for “intelligence and investigative records.”
Before the court ruling, the attorney general’s office routinely declined to release the Ayla Reynolds’ 911 transcripts to the Morning Sentinel and other media organizations.