A missing toddler’s mom had strong words for the father of her 20-month-old daughter, missing since 2011. Toddler Ayla Reynolds was reported missing from her home in Waterville, Maine on Dec. 17, 2011. Mother Trista Reynolds, knowing that Ayla’s father Justin DiPietro was going to be at a courthouse in Portland, waited outside and confronted DiPietro, who Reynolds feels is involved in her daughter’s abduction, reports Fox News on Sept. 25.
After making a court appearance Wednesday unrelated to his missing daughter, DiPietro was approached by Trista and her supporters, who screamed and chased Ayla’s father, calling him a “murderer” and shouting “Where’s Ayla?” DiPietro and his attorney ducked into a parking garage to lose the angry mob led by Reynolds.
Reynolds recently went public with evidence obtained by police and has been pressuring authorities to make DiPietro a suspect.
Photos of the crime scene obtained by Reynolds showed a bloody “murder scene,” Trista said. Police shared the information and photos with the distraught mother in confidence last January, but Reynold’s said it was time “to let the world know” what happened.
“What I thought right off my head was it was a murder scene,” Reynolds said of the police photographs. “There was just like Ayla's blood... everywhere.”
The images were so disturbing that Reynolds said she could not bear to even view them all.
“I had to actually... I shut it off. I asked them to stop. And there were three or four more pictures that they wanted to show me, and I just, I couldn't,” she said.
Ayla’s body was never found and the toddler is presumed dead. Investigators suspect foul play; they have ruled out any possibility Ayla left the house on her own and they say there was no evidence that someone broke in and abducted her.
“I’ve lost some faith in the state police,” Reynolds said, adding that she has not yet been contacted by the police or FBI after making the investigative details public.
DiPietro had no comment, but his mother and Ayla’s grandmother, Phoebe DiPietro, accused Reynolds of knowing what really happened to their daughter.
“Trista can say and do what she wants,” Phoebe said. “We choose to hold on to hope that Ayla will be found.”