Divers return to Kennebec River in search of Ayla Reynolds

A Maine search and rescue dog team scours the Kennebec River between Waterville and Winslow on Tuesday July 17, 2012, looking for missing toddler Ayla Reynolds.
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
A Maine search and rescue dog team scours the Kennebec River between Waterville and Winslow on Tuesday July 17, 2012, looking for missing toddler Ayla Reynolds.
Posted July 17, 2012, at 12:19 p.m.
Last modified July 17, 2012, at 1:53 p.m.
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WINSLOW, Maine — The search for toddler Ayla Reynolds, who has been missing since December 2011, resumed Tuesday.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said teams from the Maine Warden Service and Maine State Police are searching the Kennebec River in the vicinity of the Brookfield Dam.

The Brookfield Dam spans the Kennebec River between northern Waterville and Winslow, and McCausland said the search point is “up the river from where we previously searched the river.”

Dam operators have lowered the water levels in the river to aid in the search, according to McCausland.

Volunteer dog teams are also on the scene, he said.

Tuesday marks seven months since Ayla was reported missing by her father, Justin DiPietro. DiPietro has said the toddler vanished from her bed overnight. She was 20 months old at the time.

Police have said they don’t expect to find Ayla alive. No charges have been filed in the case.

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