Waterville community marks one year anniversary of toddler's disappearance

12:53 AM, Dec 18, 2012   |    comments
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WATERVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Monday, December 17th 2012 marks one year since Justin DiPietro reported his 20 month old daughter, Ayla Reynolds, missing.

With the child still missing and no leads in the case, the community is gathering in Waterville to honor the child.

A group that calls themselves Ayla's Angels has committed themselves to keeping Ayla's name in the public eye. On the one year anniversary of her disappearance, Ayla's Angels walked to the home on Violette Ave. where she was last seen. They sang Christmas carols along the way, and placed mementos at a makeshift memorial on the front lawn of the home.

In a news conference Friday, police said that there have been no major breakthroughs in the case, but they assured the public that the investigation and the search for Ayla remain active.

Over the course of the past year, police have searched the home where Ayla was last seen in Waterville, the neighborhood, wooded areas and bodies of water.

Ayla's mother, Trista Reynolds, held an event to mark the one-year anniversary over the weekend.

Family members on both sides of Ayla's family hope the events spark a renewed public interest in the case.


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