Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Baby Ayla was NOT taken by a stranger, police say, as search nears seventh full week

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Police are pressing the three adults who were home the night missing toddler Ayla Reynolds disappeared to provide a full account of what happened, after investigators confirmed blood found in the father's home belonged to the child.

State and local detectives believe Justin DiPietro, the girl's father, and two other adults know more than they've told investigators so far, said Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

The notion that someone slipped into the small house and took the 20-month-old without awakening anyone 'doesn't pass the straight-face test,' McCausland said.

'We've followed every conceivable piece of evidence that would follow their version of events, and we have found not one piece of evidence that supports an abduction,' he said.

Police confirmed Sunday night that Ayla's blood was found in the partially finished basement that DiPietro used as his bedroom. Relatives reported on a family-run website that they were told the blood was 'more than a small cut would produce,' but police declined to say how much blood was discovered. Read More