Monday, January 30, 2012

Ayla Reynolds Blood Found in the basement of Ayla's father's home

A blood sample found at the home where toddler Ayla Reynolds went missing does belong to the little girl, officials have confirmed.

Police found blood in the basement of Ayla's father's home in Waterville, Maine, early into the investigation into her disappearance six weeks ago.

Using the chemical Luminol, a CSI team discovered 'more blood than a small cut would produce' in the basement, some of it 'not visible to the naked eye'.

A statement on a website run by Ayla's family said: 'Even in light of this evidence we are more determined than ever to find out what has happened to Ayla and we still cling to the hope that she is alive and will be returned to us.

'We urge anyone that has information about Ayla to come forward now and unburden yourself of the truth.'

Ayla's father, Justin DiPietro, reported the 20-month-old missing on December 17. He told police he had put her to bed the night before, but she wasn't there the next morning.

The blood was among hundreds of pieces of potential evidence that were removed from his home as part of a criminal investigation into her disappearance.

DiPietro, his mother and a third adult were at home on the night of December 16 and all three have been questioned.

State Police spokesman Steve McCausland said: 'We have questioned the three adults that were there in the home that night.

'We believe they have not given us the full story.' Read More