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LE Statements about the three adults

1/28/12 MS
“We find the discovery of the blood troubling, and it’s also frustrating that we think the three adults in the home that night haven’t told us everything they know,” he said.

1/28/12 Boston
“The three adults who were in that home that night, we feel, have information that they haven’t given us that might lead to Ayla’s location,” McCausland said. 

1/29/12 Radar
“We have questioned the three adults that were there in the home that night,” McCausland told AP. “‘We believe they have not given us the full story.”

1/30/12 ST
McCausland said detectives weren’t singling out any of the three adults, but “we think they know more than they’re telling us,” he said.

1/31/12 WCVB
“Abduction is no longer a part of this investigation. We have grave doubts that an abduction took place and there is no evidence to support it,” Stephen McCausland, spokesman for Maine Department of Public Safety, told Newscenter 5.

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

1/31/12 NYDN
“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,” Steve McCausland, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, told The Associated Press. “We think one or all of the three adults have info they haven’t told us and we need that info in order to find Ayla.”

2/1/12 WMTW
Police are putting pressure on the last people to see Ayla: her father, his girlfriend, Courtney Roberts, and DiPietro’s sister, Elisha DiPietro.

“We think there are still people out there that have specific information that they haven’t told us. Not only the three individuals in the home, but there may be others. One call can crack this case wide-open and we’re waiting for that call,” McCausland said.

2/3/12 CBS
Maine State Police have turned up the heat on Ayla’s father Justin DiPietro, his girlfriendCourtney Roberts and his sister Elisha DiPietro. Earlier this week, authorities confirmed they found Ayla’s blood in the basement of DiPietro’s home. McCausland says the three adults who were in the house last night have still not been truthful.

“Without getting into a lot of specific details, there’s been contact this week and we hope that contact will continue,” McCausland answered when asked if detectives have spoken to the three. “We still think they know more than what they’ve told us.”

2/17/12 WCSH
McCausland says investigators have contact with the three adults who were the last to see Ayla, but that’s about it. “The circumstances under their first version that the child was abducted, we dispelled weeks ago because it just doesn’t hold water,” McCausland said.

3/24/12 WCSH
“It’s been frustrating for police since December because we haven’t been able to find Ayla, and as I have stated all along, we believe those three individuals who were home that night know things that they haven’t told us.

5/31/12 CNN
“She did not leave that home by herself, and she was not abducted,” the state police spokesman said.

On Thursday, as he has done previously, McCausland suggested the adults in the house with Ayla the night before she was reported missing — including her father — have not been totally forthcoming.

The police spokesman said there has not been “a lot of communication with the three adults who were inside the home that night.” At the same time, he said “it’s way premature to start speculating on charging anyone.”

“They were the adults and they were there, and they may have answers,” said McCausland. “Justin was the father, (and) we believe he knows more than he has told us.”

5/31/12 HP
“She did not leave that home by herself and she was not abducted,” McCausland said. “We believe [Justin DiPietro] knows more than he has told us. … We think that he or the two others inside that home may have information that they just haven’t told us.”

5/31/12 ST
State police confirmed that Ayla’s blood was found in DiPietro’s house and said DiPietro, his girlfriend and his sister who were there the night Ayla disappeared know more than they’re telling police.

Police repeated that assertion Thursday when reporters asked about the father. “We believe he knows more than he’s told us,” McCausland said.

9/25/13 WPTV
Over time, authorities have repeatedly said they believe there was foul play and that the adults who were home that night haven’t told everything they know. “I’ve said it in the past, their versions don’t pass the ‘straight-face test.’ That statement stands,” Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland recently told CNN.

12/15/13 MS
“We do not think we’ve gotten the full story from the three adults who were in the home that night,” McCausland said this week. “That would be Justin, Elisha and Courtney. Our stance has not changed. We think that they know more than they’ve told us.”

MSP Unsolved Missing
On December 17, 2011, Ayla Reynolds (DOB 4-4-2010) was reported missing from her Violette Avenue home by her father Justin DiPietro. Investigators have ruled out any possibility that Ayla left the house on her own or that she was abducted. Investigators discovered Ayla’s blood in the basement of her home, and the three adults who were in the home at the time are withholding information. Police believe that Ayla is probably dead.

12/14/14 CM
Maine State Police also continue to believe that the people who were in the house the night Ayla disappeared — DiPietro, Roberts, and Justin’s sister, Elisha DiPietro — have withheld information from the police that’s relevant to the case.

“We’ve said for a long time now that we’re looking for answers to the questions we’ve asked and we just don’t feel like we’ve gotten those answers yet,” Love said.

12/16/14 WMTW
“We’ve said from early on in this investigation that the people inside of that house haven’t answered all of our questions and they have more information to provide.”

12/17/14 WCSH
“We still feel that those three adults in that home that night know more than they’ve told us, and our doors are always open to tell the full story,” McCausland said

12/17/14 WMUR
“We’ve said from early on in this investigation that the people inside of that house have an answer to all of our questions and that they have more information to provide,” said Love.

LE Statements about blood

1/28/12 WCSH Video
“When we were gathering evidence inside this home for about a week and a half, there were hundreds of pieces of potential evidence that was taken. Among them was blood that we found in the basement. The crime lab continues to work on that evidence to determine whose blood it is and the quantity involved but we do find that very troubling”

1/29/12 CNN
“The state crime lab confirms some of the blood samples are Ayla’s,” said Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, referring to young Ayla Reynolds.

Earlier Sunday, McCausland said that while some of the blood found in the home’s basement “was visible to the naked eye, some wasn’t.”

McCausland said Saturday that authorities revealed the blood’s discovery six weeks into the case because “we need information from the public, and we think this might help.”

1/29/12 BDN
Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland told the Bangor Daily News on Sunday evening that more testing is pending on blood samples and a slew of other material taken from DiPietro’s home in the days following Reynolds’ disappearance, but that investigators have determined blood found in the home is Ayla’s. Justin DiPietro is Ayla’s father. He reported her missing from his Waterville home on the morning of Dec. 17.

“Our first priority is finding Ayla,” said McCausland. At one point the spokesman said “some of the samples taken from the home were Ayla’s.” Asked if investigators have found anyone else’s blood, McCausland declined to respond, citing the ongoing investigation. He also declined to say how much blood was found or what objects or areas it was found in or on.

1/29/12 PH
“We find the discovery of the blood troubling, and it’s also frustrating that we think the three adults in the home that night haven’t told us everything they know,” he said.

1/29/12 KJ
Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said Sunday night said that testing has revealed that at least some of the blood samples that were found in the home during a December search belong to Ayla.

“The testing has not been completed and more work remains, but we have found samples of Ayla’s blood,” he said.

The site also says that police told the family the amount of blood is “more than a small cut would produce.”

McCausland wouldn’t say how much blood had been discovered at the home.

It was reported Saturday that police found blood in the house at 29 Violette Ave. when they searched it in December.

The family contended on the website that state police shared the discovery with them, but planned to withhold the information from the media.

McCausland said Sunday police had initially decided to withhold information that the blood belongs to Ayla because police need to perform tests on other samples.

“I prefer not to give out partial results, but (the Reynolds) family has released that tonight, and that information is correct,” he said.

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1/31/12 CNN Transcripts
Back to Stephen McCausland joining us there at police headquarters — Stephen McCausland, Maine State Police spokesperson. Stephen, since the daddy ran out of the police station, has he given a comment on the crime scene photos of Ayla`s blood in the basement?

MCCAUSLAND: We`ve talked to Justin on a number of occasions. When we`ve called him, he`s talked to us, and we hope that dialogue will continue.

GRACE: Mr. McCausland, why do you, if you do believe, the blood indicates there was a clean-up?

MCCAUSLAND: I`ve never said that, Nancy. You`re the one that`s saying that. All we`ve confirmed is that there was blood found in the basement and that blood is Ayla`s.

GRACE: Well, Stephen, are we wrong in saying it is indicative of a clean-up?

MCCAUSLAND: Again, that is terminology we have never talked about.

But I want to go back to the forensics and not put all my eggs in one basket, and that is the demeanor of the father, who is not named a suspect at this time. Mr. McCausland, as to the blood in the basement, when I asked you was I wrong in reporting that it looked as if it had been wiped away, there was a smear mark of some form, maybe even picked up by luminol, is that inaccurate?

MCCAUSLAND: Nancy, I addressed this question both yesterday in our interview and today. We`ve confirmed there`s blood and we`ve confirmed it`s Ayla`s. We have not gotten into any more details…

GRACE: OK.

MCCAUSLAND: … and I`m not going to tonight as well. There are some things I can talk about, and there are some things I can`t, and I`m sure you understand that.

3/11/12 KJ
“We felt it was important that the public understand some specifics of the investigation. We felt it was important that the public understand the magnitude of this investigation and that some of the blood was Ayla’s,” he said.

He wouldn’t comment on whether more samples have been attributed to Ayla, but said investigators have made progress.

9/13/13 CNN
In January 2012, investigators announced Ayla’s blood had been discovered in the basement of the home DiPietro shared with his mother, but they offered nothing more specific. They described the amount as “more than a small cut would produce,” Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland said.

11/25/13 Fox 25
“There was blood found inside the home. We’ve also disclosed it was Ayla’s. We have not been more specific than that,” said McCausland.

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2 responses to “L.E. Statements

  1. BERNARD A BOWDEN

    July 17, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    I HAVE BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT THE DISAPPEARANCE OF AYLA REYNOLDS. I HAVE DONE DOWSING FOR OVER 30 YEARS AND CHECKED OUT WHAT I COULD ON AYLA. I CHECKED AND FOUND THE LITTLE GIRL WAS STILL ALIVE AND LIVING IN A HOUSE IN PORTLAND AT THE TIME OF HER DISAPPEARANCE. SHE WAS BEING JUGGLED BETWEEN THAT HOUSE AND ANOTHER IN A TOWN FURTHER NORTH. I ASKED MY SON, A POLICE OFFICER IN PORTLAND TO CHECK ON THIS AND HE FOUND OUT THAT THE HOUSE IN PORTLAND WAS THE GRANDFATHER OF AYLA AND THE HOUSE IN FALMOUTH WAS THE THEN GIRLFRIEND OF AYLAS FATHER. THE POLICE DOWN THERE DIDNT CHECK ON THIS AS I CALLED THE SHERIFF DEPARTMENT AND THE STATE POLICE AND THE WATERVILLE POLICE DEPT. I GET THE FEELING THAT THEY ALL FEEL THAT AYLA WOULD BE BETTER OFF WITH THE FATHER THAN WITH THE MOTHER. REGARDLESS OF ALL THIS IT ISNT RIGHT. I HAVE MOVED TO MEXICO, THE COUNTRY, WITH MY WIFE AND I STILL GET READINGS THAT SHE IS STILL ALIVE. I GET NOWHERE WITH THE INFO I HAVE GIVEN. IT IS NOW 3 YEARS SINCE ALL THIS BEGAN AND THE MOTHER HAS THE RIGHT TO CLOSURE OR TO KNOW IF THE GIRL IS ALIVE SOMEWHERE.

     
  2. Bria

    June 19, 2017 at 2:19 am

    Why wasn’t Karen Small held responsible for this little girl disappearance? She was in this person’s custody? This poor little girl should have been placed with her Grandmother! Now because of this woman’s very poor judgement a little girls life was taken. WHERE IS THE JUSTICE FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GIRL?!

     

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