May 21, 2018
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Trista Reynolds struggling with evolving emotions as search for Ayla continues

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — Trista Reynolds said she has gone from shocked to grief-stricken to furious as the search for her daughter, Ayla Reynolds, closes out its fourth week.

“For the past week or two I’ve found myself lashing out at everyone,” she said Wednesday during a lengthy interview with the Bangor Daily News. “Whenever I see her on the front page or on television, I think there’s no way that’s my little girl. Sometimes I have to pretend it’s not going on. If I don’t tell myself that sometimes, I don’t know how I could function.”

Despite the pressure of not knowing where her daughter is or what happened to her, Reynolds said she is doing her best to maintain her composure — particularly when it comes to caring for her son, Raymond, who is 11 months younger than Ayla.

“He knows there is something going on,” she said. “Whenever he sees a picture of his sister, he tries grabbing at her. For the past three weeks he hasn’t been his normal self.”

While the search continues, Trista said she’s trying to focus on Ayla the person, not Ayla the missing person.

“Ayla is my best friend,” said Trista. “I used to tell her she was going to be mommy’s star, but this isn’t how I wanted her to become a star. She’s got to come home. I can’t imagine the rest of my life without her.”

For more about Ayla’s life and loves and her bond with Trista and her extended family, visit later today.

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