Trista Reynolds, friends and family mark one year since Ayla disappeared

Posted Dec. 16, 2012, at 6:12 a.m.
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.
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 and her son, Raymond, watch paper lanterns lit to mark the one-year anniversary of Ayla's disappearance drift into the night sky in Portland on Saturday.
Trista Reynolds and her son, Raymond, watch paper lanterns lit to mark the one-year anniversary of Ayla's disappearance drift into the night sky in Portland on Saturday. 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.
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
Trista Reynolds releases a lighted paper lantern at the end of an event put on by LostNMissing Inc., which included a silent auction benefiting the organization and Hurricane Sandy victims.
Trista Reynolds releases a lighted paper lantern at the end of an event put on by LostNMissing Inc., which included a silent auction benefiting the organization and Hurricane Sandy victims. Buy Photo

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.

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