Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ayla Reynolds: Expert doubts whether missing Maine toddler will be found as police say 'foul play' was involved in disappearance

There is only a 'one per cent hope' of finding the toddler who disappeared from her father's home overnight, according to an expert on missing children.

The devastating verdict came as police announced that the search for 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds had become a 'criminal investigation'.

She has been missing for two weeks since she vanished from the house in Maine where she was staying with her father, Justin DiPietro.

Her mother Trista Reynolds has launched a public war of words against Mr DiPietro, appearing on national television telling him to contact her to aid in the search for Ayla.

But according to Scott Bernstein, founder of Child Recovery International, an organisation that helps find missing children, the most likely time to find such young children is in the first few hours after their disappearance.

In Ayla's case, he said, there is 'one per cent hope - but I'll go for that one per cent hope'.

Police confirmed yesterday that they suspected foul play in the disappearance, as Waterville police chief Joseph Massey announced that the case 'has evolved from the search for a missing child to a criminal investigation.' Read More