Trista Reynolds, mother of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds, releases a lighted paper lantern into the night sky in Portland on Saturday, marking the one-year anniversary of Ayla's disappearance. Buy Photo
Trista Reynolds, mother of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds, watches lighted paper lanterns drift into the night sky in Portland on Saturday with her boyfriend, Alex Fazzi, and Ayla's godmother, Amanda Benner, marking the one-year anniversary of Ayla's disappearance. Buy Photo
Posted Dec. 16, 2012, at 6:12 a.m. Last modified Dec. 16, 2012, at 6:27 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A little more than two dozen people — mostly friends and family — gathered at the Riverton Community Center with Trista Reynolds on Saturday night to mark the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of her daughter, Ayla, in Waterville. The nonprofit organization LostNMissing Inc. organized the event, which included a silent auction and gift drive to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. The event closed with the release of several paper lanterns into the night sky. As Reynolds let the first one go, she murmured a prayer for her missing daughter.
Monday, Dec. 17, marks the one-year anniversary of when the 20-month-old girl went missing from her father’s home on Violette Avenue in Waterville. Investigators have conducted numerous interviews with those closest to the child and searched the home, neighborhood, woods and waterways in the ensuing months, all to no avail.