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Missing toddler’s mom to open up about evidence

August 20, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The mother of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds is ready to reveal what she’s been told by state police investigators in hopes of pressuring law enforcement officials to make an arrest, her family said.

Trista Reynolds plans to describe “horrific physical evidence” in documents to be released online Sept. 24 and at a news conference the following day, when Ayla’s father is due in court on an unrelated assault charge.

Ayla was 20 months old when she was reported missing from her father’s Waterville home on Dec. 17, 2011.

Investigators, who found blood in the basement, believe she’s dead. They’ve also said Ayla’s father, Justin DiPietro, and other adults in the home that night know more than they’re telling.

DiPietro couldn’t be reached Tuesday.

Jeff Hanson, Reynold’s stepfather, said the family was given specifics of blood evidence obtained from the home during a meeting with investigators in January, but the family hasn’t released details. The family will release that information after Trista Reynolds has recovered from a recent birth, he said.

“We have waited long enough, and in the interest of justice, so has everyone else,” he said in a statement.

State police spokesman Stephen McCausland said the investigation remains “open and active” and investigators have been doing their best to keep the family up to date on developments.

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