It’s been over five years since our Hunters for Ayla awareness project. We worked so hard and our hopes were high that poor Ayla would be found but it was not to be in 2012. In my desk drawer I still have a box of flyers to post but no one to post them. In another box are my many notes of addresses and destinations – all checked off as the flyers were sent out, and several leftover mailing envelopes.
Was it all for nothing? Did we fail? Was it worth all the time, work and money when Ayla wasn’t found?
In my opinion we didn’t fail. We accomplished what we set out to do even if we didn’t achieve the results we were hoping for. All local and national media covered Hunters for Ayla. Ayla wasn’t found but I’d be willing to bet there wasn’t one hunter who wasn’t keeping their eye out for anything that would help find Ayla. Do you think those same hunters have forgotten about Ayla? I don’t think so. I think most hunters will continue to observe their surroundings and check out anything suspicious. Maybe Ayla will be found in 2017. Just the possibility makes it all worth it.
I’m reposting this from U4A including all the comments. It truly blesses my heart to remember how everyone pulled together from all across the United States. After all this time it might seem nothing short of a miracle will lead someone to Ayla’s remains, but I believe in miracles.
HUNTERS FOR AYLA
We have discussed the possibility of hunters coming across Ayla’s remains or evidence connected to Ayla’s disappearance. Many of us think the possibility is strong enough to warrant printing new flyers and distributing them wherever hunters can see them. I would like to say Thank You to all who have helped to spread awareness to the hunters. I also wanted to share some of my thoughts on this and I hope that you will share some of yours as well.
The first thing I want to address is the public’s general opinion of hunters. There are people who have very strong objections to hunting and there are others who feel just as strongly in support of hunting. I don’t want us to debate the right or wrong of hunting because most people have good, strong reasons for their opinion either way and I think debating this would only cause frustration between us, which would do nothing for Ayla Bell Reynolds. At this time, hunting is legal in Maine and the hunters are going to be out there whether we like it or not, so I say let’s take advantage of their presence and get their help in our search for answers and justice for Ayla.
The second thing I wanted to address is the possibility that Ayla’s remains are in the river. While I can honestly say I love Ayla Bell and still have a tiny hope that she’s alive, everything law enforcement has been saying and doing for months leads me to believe she isn’t. In my opinion the items found at the dam and the numerous searches and dives, some using water cadaverine dogs, leaves me with the opinion that there is a good possibility that Ayla is there. Law enforcement has also conducted land searches in the last few months so I think it’s a possibility, but not a probability that Ayla could be somewhere other than the river.
The third thing I hoped to address is what should the hunters be looking for. If Ayla is in the river, then how could the hunters find her in the woods? Once again, in my opinion, there is a possibility, however small, that Ayla isn’t in the river. Not only that, but there are a lot of other things associated with Ayla’s disappearance that could be out there where hunters might see them. I want to say this without being anymore graphic than necessary and I apologize if I offend anyone in advance. If the ” more than a cupful of blood ” is true, there was a clean up involved and there would be rags to dispose of, as well as the possibility of furniture or small items in the area that may have gotten blood evidence on them. Another thing that I hate to think about is the possibility of a weapon involved. If someone injured Ayla, there could be blood on their clothing, shoes etc. Anyone who helped with the clean up could have blood on their clothing and shoes too. All of these things would have to disappear before the 911 call in my opinion. Whoever is responsible for Ayla’s disappearance may have disposed of these things in more than one place in hopes of lessening the possibility of them being found and being connected to them personally. Another thing to think about is cheap, throw away phones. If several people are involved in the cover up and they had a day or two to dispose of Ayla and evidence, and stage an abduction, they might have bought some $10 cell phones to use during this time and disposed of them afterwards. Some criminals use them so they can throw them away and not be connected to the cell pings. I don’t know if the people involved would have had the forethought for the phones or not. And lastly is the clothing Ayla was said to be wearing at the time of her disappearance. That would be the pajamas, sling, and softcast as described on the posters. I’m sure there are other things I haven’t thought of and I hope you will share anything else you have thought of.
The fourth thing I want to address is why the hunters would notice these things. If hunters are looking for deer why would they see any of these things? Most hunters don’t step into the woods, load their guns and a deer walks up to them and poses for them. Some hunters scout for deer sign for as much as weeks before they hunt, and others scout for deer signs the day of their hunt. While all of them hope to see deer moving through the woods, they look at the ground around them. They look for trails where the deer run, and judge by the hoof prints, or the direction the leaves are scattered, which direction the deer were going and how long ago they were there. Bucks make scrapes in an area to get the attention of does. This is a large circular area where the buck scrapes any leaves or vegetation away and only dirt is exposed, after clearing the area they stomp it with their hoof and make a print that identifies the buck to the does. This is part of their courtship and the buck and does will visit the scrape often. Hunters look for these scrapes and will hunt close to them. Usually a hunter spends more time studying the ground and looking for these signs than they spend waiting and watching for the deer. Hunters always look for anything unusual on the ground and I think if any evidence has been tossed out, covered with leaves or buried in the ground, most hunters would notice it around them.
The fifth thing I want to address is hunters have found the remains of missing persons before. I had planned to share the stories of several missing persons whose remains were found by hunters, but they are so incredibly sad that I have decided to only mention their name and the missing and found dates.
Mike Fisher – missing 5/2011 found 7/2011
Emma Campbell – missing 5/2010 found 10/2012
Jack Eisel – missing 11/2004 found 11/2010
Albert Chretien – missing 3/2011 found 9/2012
Cynthia Davis, run away, in mid 90′s never reported missing found 10/1997, identified by DNA 2009
The sixth thing I want to address is how you can help. We are in the process of getting more missing flyers printed and if any local people are interested in distributing these, please contact John or Purple Butterflies at thier email address listed on the Contact Page, there is a link to the page at the top of our Home Page. If any who are not local have any ideas of where these should be distributed, please share your ideas in a comment or email to John or Purple Butterflies. If anyone is willing to pick up and deliver the flyers to others to distribute, please email Purple Butterflies or John.
I want to thank all of you for the many, many ways you have helped to keep Ayla’s name and face out there and I pray with all my heart that Ayla will be found and we will all have answers and most importantly, justice will be found for Ayla.
PS. Deer Hunting Season starts in Maine on October 27th. There are already hunters in the woods hunting moose and/or planning/plotting their paths and prey. Also, on October 27th, most hunters will attend a “Hunter’s Breakfast”. This is a GREAT place to make sure posters are up and maybe some extras are around for hunters to grab on their way out the door. If you discuss Ayla Bell Reynolds with the hunters, please emphasize that if anything is found out of place, please do not disturb it, simply mark it with hunters orange and call 911 or MSP immediately.
Try this link for the hunters color poster!
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