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On a website devoted to missing Waterville toddler Ayla Reynolds, the girl's mother, Trista Reynolds of Portland, described an effort to pressure police and the state attorney's office to bring charges in the case of Ayla Reynolds' December 2011 disappearance.
"Trista Reynolds has selected September 24th 2013 as the day that she will share with the public a description of the horrific physical evidence (contains graphic content that may offend some readers) presented to her by the Maine State Police on January 3rd of this year," Trista Reynolds wrote at http://aylareynolds.com. "The public appeal for answers will be published in two parts: "The Case for Ayla" will be posted at: http://united4ayla.com; "The Case for Trista" will be posted at: http://justiceforayla.blogspot.com. Trista will also hold a press conference in Lincoln Park (the small park adjacent to the court house in Portland) after Justin DiPietro appears before the judge on a domestic violence charge September 25th 2013."
The goal in releasing this information, Trista Reynolds said, is the pursuit of justice, "administered in an orderly and legal fashion by the court system. We believe that Justin's arrest on charges related to Ayla's disappearance may lead to his disclosing whatever happened to Ayla and where her remains are."
DiPietro told police the toddler was last seen sleeping in her bed at about 10 p.m. on Dec. 16, 2011, according to police.
In March 2012, Maine State Police, Waterville police and the Maine Warden's Service conducted a search in Waterville for the child, but nothing related to Ayla's disappearance was discovered, according to Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
McCausland told reporters at the time that investigators had hit a wall with members of the DiPietro family. Authorities said DiPietro's sister and his girlfriend also were in the Waterville home at the time.
"The communication with Justin, his sister and his girlfriend have basically stopped," McCausland said at the time.
Asked if that's frustrating, he said, "It's been frustrating for police since December because we haven't been able to find Ayla, and as I've stated all along, I believe those three individuals inside that home that night know things that they haven't told us, and that is frustrating."