Toddler Ayla Reynolds' blood found in father's home
WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - Some of the blood found in a Maine home where a missing toddler was last seen six weeks ago belonged to the little girl, an official said.
Police confirmed Sunday night that blood was found in the Waterville home of her father and that some of it came from the missing girl, Ayla Reynolds. Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, on Monday declined to confirm or deny the statement about blood that relatives posted on a website set up by family members. He says tests are ongoing.
But investigators told Ayla's mother's family that the amount of blood was "more blood than a small cut would produce," according to a family-run website.
The police said Monday that they've found no evidence to support an abduction, and they believe adults in the home know more than what they're telling investigators.
Six weeks after Ayla's disappearance in Waterville, state and local detectives believe the father, Justin DiPietro, and two other adults in the home on the night Ayla was last seen are not giving a full account of what happened, McCausland said.
The idea that someone sneaked into the small house and took Ayla without awakening any of the adults "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 Monday.
DiPietro, reported her missing Dec. 17. He had put her to bed the night before and said she wasn't there the next morning. DiPietro told police she was wearing green pajamas with polka dots and the words "Daddy's Princess" on them and had a soft cast on her broken left arm.
DiPietro could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday; his cellphone voicemail was full and unable to accept messages.
Ayla was 20 months old when she disappeared. She had been staying with her father at the time in the house where DiPietro lives with his mother. Her mother, Trista Reynolds, lives in Portland.
The blood was among hundreds of pieces of potential evidence that were removed from the Waterville home as part of a criminal investigation into the girl's disappearance.
Trista Reynolds' father said the family was told late Saturday by McCausland that blood found in the home was determined to be Ayla's.
"It was a surprise," Ronald Reynolds said, adding that police did not give any indication what the discovery means.
Ronald Reynolds said he is convinced the family in DiPietro's house has more information than they have shared.
DiPietro, his mother and a third adult were home the night of Dec. 16, and police have questioned all three, McCausland said Saturday.
"We believe they have not given us the full story," he said.
DiPietro has said he took a polygraph test, but has declined to say what the results were.
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