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The Polygraphs


Nina suggested we look at articles and statements about Trista’s polygraph but I wanted to look at all articles and statements about the polygraphs on both sides of Ayla’s family. Below is everything I could find with all statements bolded by me. If you know of any I missed, please link them in a comment and I will add them to the post.

1/14/12 CM
“I asked for a polygraph on day one,” DiPietro said Friday during an interview with the Morning Sentinel. “I’ve taken one, and the results, I was never allowed to see them. It’s something you’re going to have to ask law enforcement about.”

DiPietro, 24, was told how he did on the test, Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, said. He said he was baffled by DiPietro’s statement that he didn’t know the results.

“He knows how he did, because we told him,” McCausland said. “To say that he didn’t know, is just not true.”

McCausland would not say how DiPietro did. “That is something I can’t get into,” he said.

DiPietro said, “I know I went in there and smoked it. I told the truth and that’s that.”

When asked if police told him the results, DiPietro said. “They can tell me whatever they want. Again, I didn’t physically see the results.”

When asked if police told him he failed the test, DiPietro said, “That’s all irrelevant. I wanted to see the results myself. They’re not letting me see them. Why don’t they let the public see them?”

McCausland said the polygraph exam results would be difficult to read without training.

“It’s lines on a paper, similar to an electrocardiogram report,” he said. “The polygraph operator knows the results, but there’s no transcript or written text that goes with it.

“It’s very simiilar to doctors interpreting an EKG. Polygraph operators work in a similar fashion.”

DiPietro said he took one polygraph exam, administered by a single detective.

DiPietro wouldn’t say what he was asked, but briefly described the equipment.

“You’ve got things on your fingers, you’ve got things across your chest,” he said.

He also sat on a seat pad that was part of the polygraph exam equipment, he said.

Asked if other family members had taken a polygraph exam, DiPietro said he was not sure.

“I just know about myself,” he said. “Again, anything (police have) asked us to do, we’ve cooperated. We’ve made ourselves available to them.

“Anytime they’ve had a question about something, if they want us to come to the station … more than willing. We’re cooperating. There’s nothing to hide here.”

McCausland said Maine State Police have three or more polygraph operators and the tests are used for investigative purposes and for pre-employment screening for Maine law enforcement officers.

He said the test results cannot be used as evidence in court cases.

1/16/12 BDN 
The mother of Ayla Reynolds said reports last week that Ayla’s father, Justin DiPietro, took a polygraph test administered by investigators has heightened her doubt about whether DiPietro is telling the truth. Trista Reynolds also said she and others in her family are arranging with investigators to take their own polygraph tests.

Reynolds declined to say when she will take a polygraph test because she didn’t want to create expectations among the public in case for some reason it doesn’t happen as scheduled. She also said she doesn’t want to interfere in the investigative process.

“When I go, you best believe I’m going to tell everyone out there the results,” said Reynolds, who added that some of her family members also are expected to take polygraph tests. “I have been offering to take a polygraph test since Day One.”

Asked Monday why DiPietro was given a polygraph test weeks ago while Reynolds’ is just now being arranged, McCausland would not comment.

“Those are investigative details we’re just not getting into,” he said.

1/18/12 BDN
Trista Reynolds, mother of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds, said in an Internet post late Wednesday that she was unable to complete a polygraph test Wednesday because of a medical condition.

Reynolds posted the following statement on the website

“I have prepared this statement because I said that I would release the results of my lie detector test to the public. I took that test today.

“According to the test administrator, who was very courteous and professional, I was unable to complete the test due to a medical condition. It was suggested to me that after treatment by a doctor I would be able to finish the test, but the investigating authority is content with the general outcome of the incomplete test (as it stands).

“This is far from the result I wanted to share with the public, but I will take the advice of the administrator and seek attention for my medical condition so I can be healthy enough to be re-tested if required. In the meantime I wish that people will keep Ayla in their hearts and wish with all of us for her safe return.”

1/28/12 CM
Two maternal relatives of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds have taken polygraph exams, according to a website dedicated to finding the child.

Ayla’s uncle passed the exam, while Ayla’s grandmother was unable to complete it, according to

In an interview with the Morning Sentinel, Becca Hanson, Ayla’s grandmother, declined to discuss the exam’s specific questions, but said she told the polygraph examiner she had nothing to do with 21-month-old toddler’s disappearance.

The exam was administered Friday by Maine State Police at Cumberland County Jail in Portland, she said, but the polygraph administrator couldn’t conclude the exam because Hanson’s daily medications interfered with the results. Hanson takes “muscle relaxers, pain-killers, depression medication and an antibiotic,” she said.

Hanson said she offered to suspend her medication and retake the exam later, but police didn’t offer a direct response, she said.

“They didn’t say yes, they didn’t say no. They just said they didn’t think it was necessary,” she said.

Ronnie Reynolds, Ayla’s uncle, took his exam Thursday at the Maine State Police barracks in Gray, and passed it, according to Jeff Hanson — Becca Hanson’s husband and webmaster for

Ronnie Reynolds was unavailable for comment Friday.

Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland said he had no information on any new polygraph exams.

Hanson said the decision to have the family members take the exam was a mutual one between themselves and police.

“They asked and we offered,” she said.

Ayla’s mother, Trista Reynolds, took a polygraph exam Jan. 18, according to the Associated Press. Reynolds was told by the test administrator that she couldn’t complete the exam because of an undisclosed medical condition.

Reynolds said she would be willing to complete the test after treatment by a doctor, but added that investigators were content with the results of the incomplete test, according to the Associated Press.

Ayla’s father, Justin DiPietro, previously took a polygraph test. McCausland said police have told DiPietro what his polygraph results were, but DiPietro declined to divulge those results to the Morning Sentinel.

1/31/12 WCVB
“We are focused on what happened to her in that house. There are three people in the house that have not been truthful. Their story does not pass the smell test,” he said.

Law enforcement sources told McPhee that those people are Justin DiPietro, his girlfriend, Courtney Roberts, 24, and his sister, Alisha DiPietro, 19.

McCausland confirmed that the people in the house on the night Ayla was last seen took lie-detector tests, “and they know the results.”

2/14/12 CM
Bourget said both of his clients are fully cooperative with the investigation. He said he doesn’t know if his clients have taken polygraph exams.

He also said no drugs were consumed or sold at the home.

“There’s a lot of misinformation out there,” he said. “My clients wish they knew the answer (to Ayla’s disappearance), but they don’t. They don’t know.”

The mother and daughter are the only DiPietro family members Bourget is representing, because “they are the only ones who asked me to represent them,” he said.

5/6/12 CM
The paternal aunt of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds said she has taken a polygraph test, but police won’t confirm her claim.

Elisha DiPietro, 23, is one of three adults who were in the 29 Violette Avenue home on Dec. 17, the morning Ayla was reported missing. She addressed the polygraph exam Saturday during the Eyes Open Walk for Baby Ayla, an event to raise awareness about the toddler’s disappearance. DiPietro also shared her family’s contention that a two-week forensic investigation of Ayla’s home may have overlooked some details.

“They did administer a polygraph,” DiPietro said. “I took it. I did fine.”

When DiPietro was asked to clarify whether she passed or failed the exam, DiPietro repeated her initial statement, adding that she’s not concerned how her response will be received by the public.

“I mean, I did fine. It’s what it is. People are going to take things how they take them, and they’re going to call us liars, if they want to call us liars, but I know the truth, and we know the truth, and we know we didn’t do anything wrong. We want Ayla home. We love Ayla.”

DiPietro said she stands by her belief that Ayla was abducted.

“Someone took her,” she said. “That’s why (police) haven’t found her yet.”

1/20/12 Today
The test asked’ “just if I had taken Ayla or if I know who could have gone and taken Ayla,’ Reynolds told TODAY exclusively. “Obviously, no, I have no idea who took her or where she is or anything like (that), and I never took her. I have no reason to hide of any of that. I would never do that.’’

Both parents have cooperated with the investigation, say local police. NBC News asked DiPietro if he would be willing to take another lie-detector test. “How I’m dealing with this deserves no explanation,’’ he said before declining further comment.

***edited to add more statements

Several things stood out to me but the one thing that was most obvious is that not one person made the statement, “I passed the polygraph”. It was said that Ronnie Reynolds passed but there was no statement from him. McCausland said that all three at the house took a polygraph so we can assume Courtney took one but like everything else, she has been silent about it.

Another thing that stood out is those who didn’t report taking a polygraph- Phoebe, Ron, Jessica, Lance and Derek. Did they take one and not report it? Did they take one and fail? Did LE determine it was impossible they could be involved or have any knowledge of what happened? Did any of them refuse a request to take a polygraph?

I also found it a bit unbelievable that Phoebe’s and Elisha’s lawyer and Justin didn’t know if Phoebe and Elisha had taken a polygraph but I suppose it’s possible. Then we have both Justin and Trista claiming they offered to take a polygraph test on “day one” but Justin was given his weeks earlier than Trista was. Why the decision to test the maternal family weeks later? What prompted that?

I think Elisha and Justin sounded defensive and somewhat defiant in their claims and Trista seemed confident, almost taunting before taking hers. The statement made by Trista after her test sounded like she had help in preparing it so it’s hard to get a feeling of her attitude at that time.

I don’t know what medical condition Trista had that made it impossible for her to complete her test or if she ever took another one and I don’t know if Becca went back for another test.

We have Trista’s word that they were content with the extent of her test and Becca said they didn’t think it was necessary for her to test again, Justin said he smoked it and Elisha said she did fine. McCausland didn’t say if any of them passed or failed, he only stated the three in the house the night Ayla went missing, took them and they know the results, and that Justin knows how he did because they told him.

If this had been the first case I had followed, and at the time that everyone took their polygraphs, all we really knew was that Ayla disappeared from her bed and there was a custody dispute between Trista and Justin, I would probably be suspicious of both sides of the family. I would wonder if any of the family members really passed their polygraph.

This isn’t the first case I’ve followed though and we knew a lot more information by the time they were all tested. We saw Justin’s and Courtney’s cars towed away and we saw the paternal family kept out of their home for weeks, while the investigators were in and out every day collecting evidence. We saw the homicide investigators going in the home and the crime scene tape going up.

On top of those things we have what LE had said. The majority of my opinion is based on what LE has said but what they haven’t said influences me as well. If LE wasn’t satisfied with Trista’s and Becca’s tests and they didn’t return to take them again, why hasn’t McCausland said they aren’t cooperating?



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