The mother of Ayla Reynolds, the Maine toddler who disappeared in 2011 and was declared legally dead last year, is set to speak publicly next week about next steps in the case.
Trista Reynolds of Scarborough and her lawyer, William Childs, will make statements and take questions outside the federal courthouse in Portland at 10 a.m. Monday — seven years after the 20-month old was reported missing.
[Judge declares missing toddler Ayla Reynolds dead]
Since her father, Justin DiPietro, told police Ayla was missing, her case has enthralled and horrified Mainers but led to neither charges nor answers despite the largest criminal investigation ever conducted by the Maine State Police.
Last year, a Cumberland County probate judge declared the little girl officially deceased, opening the door for her mother to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against DiPietro.
The girl’s father reported her missing Dec. 17, 2011, while she was staying with him, his sister and his girlfriend at a home in Waterville.
DiPietro told investigators his daughter must have wandered away from the house on her own or been abducted in the night, but police later said they had ruled out that story and that the girl’s disappearance was the result of “foul play.”
They said the adults in the home were withholding information, and in January 2012 revealed they found Ayla’s blood in the basement of the DiPietro home.
A police spokesman said last year that the official declaration of death has “no bearing” on the “open and active” criminal investigation.
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