I apologize to anyone who may have wondered why I hadn’t started a new post about the declaration of Ayla’s death. I had no way to verify the validity of the document and I didn’t want to risk putting out false information. It now is in the media so here’s what we know:
Update: We now know that false information was put out even in the media. Here’s an update from WMUR
A judge has approved the next step in declaring Ayla Reynolds dead.
The 20-month-old has been missing for more than five years.
A Cumberland County probate judge on May 18 appointed her mother, Trista Reynolds, of Portland, as the personal representative of her estate.
Reynolds has filed a petition with the court to formally declare Ayla dead.
A hearing on the petition is scheduled for Sept. 21 at 9 a.m.
Ayla Reynolds, the 20-month-old who has been missing for more than five years, has been declared dead by a judge.
A Cumberland County probate judge declared Ayla dead on May 17 and appointed her mother, Trista Reynolds, of Portland, as the personal representative of her estate.
State police launched a massive search for Ayla and later said they believed she was dead.
According to documents on file on the Cumberland County Probate Court website, DiPietro now lives in California.
No charges have ever been filed in Ayla’s disappearance.
In my opinion it’s a sad day when the declaration of a child’s death can be considered progress, but when that child’s life was destroyed, unfortunately it is one of the steps in the process of achieving justice.
It’s also a sad day when anyone would blame the mother of the deceased child for not making it public when they have no knowledge of what actions were going on behind the scene or her reasons for not making it known immediately.
Hanson and the family’s lawyer in the case, William Childs, could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday.
In a petition filed May 24 in Cumberland County Probate Court, Childs writes that the court appointed Trista Reynolds as “Personal Representative of the Estate of Ayla Bell Reynolds” on May 18. The petition says no death certificate was been issued yet for Reynolds and requests that a court hearing be scheduled to determine whether the child is dead.