One-year-old Ayla was last seen on December 16, 2011 at her home on Violette Avenue in Waterville, Maine at 8:00 p.m. when her father, Justin DiPietro put her to bed. She vanished during the night and has not been seen since.
At 8:50 a.m. the next morning, Justin called the police to report Ayla missing. Justin, his sister, his girlfriend and the women's two children were at the residence all night on the day Ayla disappeared.
Authorities maintain that Justin has not been cooperative with the investigation and they believe that the adults who were in the home that night are withholding information about what happened to Ayla.
Investigators found Ayla's blood in the basement of Justin's home (where he slept that night with his girlfriend and her child). Justin's sister and his sister's child slept on the first floor, as did Ayla. Justin maintains his innocence and says he has no idea where his daughter is.
Ayla's mother, Trista Reynolds was in a ten-day substance abuse treatment program when her daughter disappeared. The day before Ayla went missing, Trista filed for sole custody; Ayla was placed with Justin by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) two months before she disappeared. Justin was unaware of Trista's custody bid.
Tricia has filed a lawsuit against the state, claiming that the DHHS was negligent and that Ayla's disappearance could have been prevented.
In April of 2012, police discovered some unspecified items of interest behind the Hathaway Creative Center in the Kennebec River (located about a mile from Justin's home). In May of 2012 (nearly six months after Ayla disappeared) authorities publicly stated they believed that Ayla was dead, but didn't believe that she had been abducted.
As of 2018, there have been no suspects named in Ayla's disappearance and her case remains unsolved.
Ayla is described as a Caucasian female with blonde hair & blue eyes, is 2'9 and weighs 30 pounds. She was last seen wearing green onesie pajamas with white polka dots and the words "Daddy's Princess" written on the front of it.
Her left arm was in a sling with a soft splint at the time of her disappearance.