Daily Archives: September 20, 2017

9 AM 9/21/17 Cumberland County Probate Court

From Central Maine –  

Nearly six years after toddler Ayla Reynolds disappeared from her Waterville home, triggering the largest police investigation in state history and drawing national attention, her mother will go to probate court seeking to have a judge formally declare the child dead so she can later file a wrongful death lawsuit against the girl’s father.

The probate court hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday in Cumberland County Probate Court at 142 Federal Street in Portland.

I thought we needed a new post to focus on Thursday’s court proceeding. I’ll update this post as news comes in. Sending up prayers for the family during this difficult time.

A word from Jeff – 

“Ayla Reynolds’ case has affected a lot of people over these last six years. Tomorrow, a death certificate for Ayla may make it official for us.

Unfortunately for Trista, in her heart of hearts, her baby Ayla dies everyday. Tomorrow is another day in justice for us and in justice for Ayla.”

Update from WMTW

Reynolds appeared in court Thursday, saying she does not think her daughter is alive.

Ayla has been missing since December 2011, while she was in the care of her father Justin DiPietro in Waterville.

Maine State Police continue to investigate Ayla’s disappearance, but have said they believe she is dead.

No arrests have been made in connection with the girl’s disappearance.

The judge did not issue a ruling Thursday in court.

Update from BDN

The question of whether missing toddler Ayla Reynolds will be declared legally dead is in the hands of a probate court judge following a quick hearing on the matter Thursday in Portland.

Ayla Reynolds disappeared from Waterville in December 2011 and hasn’t been seen since. Her mother, Trista Reynolds of Scarborough, is seeking the declaration of death in order to pursue further legal action, including a possible wrongful death lawsuit against Ayla’s biological father, Justin DiPietro. DiPietro did not attend Thursday’s hearing.

Cumberland County Judge of Probate Joseph Mazziotti concluded the hearing after less than 30 minutes and is expected to issue a written decision, possibly later Thursday, according to William Childs, who represents Reynolds in the case.

Maine State Police Lt. Jeffrey Love testified that investigators assume the Reynolds girl is deceased. He said police have received more than 1,500 tips since her disappearance.

Update 9/27/17 from WMTW 

A probate judge has issued an order declaring Ayla Reynolds legally dead.

Ayla has been missing since December 2011, while she was in the care of her father Justin DiPietro in Waterville.

The order from the judge signed on Wednesday said Ayla died on or about Dec. 17, 2011.

 Maine State Police Tip Line  –   207-624-7076

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