December 16, 2012

Ayla Reynolds timeline


Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011

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Maine State Police Detective Christopher Tupper, left, and Waterville Detective Lincoln Ryder, at right, speak with Justin DiPietro after he arrived at his home on Violette Avenue in Waterville on Dec. 18, 2011, as an extensive search was under way at his home and the neighborhood for his 20-month-old daughter, Ayla Reynolds.

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Katherine McIntyre, left, sits with her daughter Noelle, 7, during the Vigil Of Hope For Ayla Reynolds, organized by The Mainely Moms & Dads, Dec. 21, 2011 in the First Congregational Church.

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Trista Reynolds files for full custody of her daughter, Ayla Reynolds, in Cumberland County District Court. Ayla had been in the care of her father, Justin DiPietro, since October, when Reynolds went into a drug rehabilitation program.

Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, 10 p.m.

Justin DiPietro tells police this is the last time he saw his daughter, lying in her bed in their home at 29 Violette Ave. in Waterville. She is wearing one-piece pajamas bearing the words "Daddy's Princess." Her left arm, broken in an accidental fall three weeks earlier, is in a soft splint and a sling.

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011,  8:51 a.m.

DiPietro calls 911 to report Ayla is missing after finding her bed empty. Police say she could have been abducted or walked away, but the 20-month-old child couldn't have gone far. Waterville police and firefighters search the neighborhood. State game wardens join the search, which includes an airplane. Waterville and Maine State Police detectives look for forensic evidence in DiPietro's house.

Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011

FBI agents, two police dogs, neighbors and other volunteers join the house-to-house and neighborhood searches. Game wardens scour the banks of nearby Messalonskee Stream. Police say they've interviewed several adults who were in DiPietro's house when Ayla was put to bed Friday night.

Monday, Dec. 19, 2011

Police seize two vehicles, one of them registered to DiPietro and the other registered to his girlfriend, Courtney Roberts, of Portland. Police say parents are cooperating with the investigation. Trista Reynolds appears on ABC's "Good Morning America" and HLN's "Nancy Grace" shows. The search swells to 70 law enforcement agents, including game wardens looking at Messalonskee Stream with an airboat and circling the area in an airplane.

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011

DiPietro releases a statement through Waterville police saying he doesn't know what happened to Ayla. Investigators drain a section of Messalonskee Stream to look for clues, and they examine garbage bins, garages, backyards, ball fields and wooded areas near the home. FBI Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team canvasses Waterville neighborhoods. Police say it's still a missing-child case and report that they've received more than 100 tips.

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011

The search expands across Waterville with help from 50 members of the Maine Association for Search and Rescue. Nearly 100 people attend a candlelight vigil at a local church.

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011

Six days into the search, investigators put crime scene tape around DiPietro's house and intensify the search for clues. Two of the state's top homicide prosecutors visit the house.

Friday, Dec. 23, 2011

Overnight snow ends the large-scale ground search. Trista Reynolds tells NBC's "Today" show that she blames DiPietro for not keeping Ayla safe and hopes her daughter will be home for Christmas. Police get media inquiries from across the country as interest in Ayla's disappearance grows. Dozens gather for a candlelight vigil in Congress Square in Portland.

Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011

Waterville police appeal for a break in media coverage so they can do their work "outside the microscope." Crime-scene evidence tape seals all doors and windows throughout the weekend.

Monday, Dec. 26, 2011

Ten days into the investigation, police say they believe someone took Ayla from her home, saying for the first time that they don't believe she left the house on her own. Community members offer a $30,000 reward for evidence leading investigators to Ayla. A state police evidence response team van is parked in the driveway.

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011

Investigators from four police agencies continue the search and follow up on more than 300 tips but won't say whether they have any forensic evidence or suspects in the case.

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A candle illuminates a growing teddy bear shrine for missing girl Ayla Reynolds outside her home in Waterville on Dec. 25, 2011.

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Maine State Police diver Jarod Stedman encountered sunken wood and floating pieces of ice while searching underwater for signs of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds in the Kennebec River near the boat launch off Water Street in Waterville on Jan. 11.

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Ashley-Ann Ferris, left, places a teddy bear on the steps of the Waterville City Hall with her cousin, Skylar Starbird, 12, center, and daughter Hailie Hotham, 7, during a vigil for missing toddler, Ayla Reynolds, at Castonguay Square in downtown Waterville March 3.

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A sign and photograph of Ayla Reynolds has been placed in front of 29 Violette Ave. in Waterville, where she was reported missing nearly a year ago, on Nov. 25.

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