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Authorities scale back search for missing Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds

Galveston County District Attorney Kurt Sistrunk, left, and investigator/prosecutor Kayla Allen prepare an oversized photo of Riley Ann Sawyers and a blue plastic storage box, similar to the one in which the toddler's body was found in July 2007, for the third day of testimony in Royce Clyde Zeigler II's trial, Friday, Oct. 30, 2009 in Galveston, Texas. Zeigler is charged with capital murder in the July 2007 death of Sawyers, his stepdaughter. (AP Photo/Jennifer Reynolds, Pool) AP Photo/Jennifer Reynolds

Ayla Reynolds
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

(CBS/WBZ) WATERVILLE, MAINE - Authorities say they've scaled back the search for missing for missing Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds.

Pictures: Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds missing

Search crews have conducted the last of their "large-scale search operations" on Wednesday, reports CBS Boston.

In the last 12 days, search crews have conducted a large number of ground and water searches in the area where Ayla was last seen. Waterville Police say detectives are actively following up on 370 tips that they have received from the public.

The 20-month-old Ayla was last seen when her father put her to bed a week and a half ago. Police seized an SUV belonging to Justin DiPietro and relatives of the missing toddler have said they were concerned about the girl's safety while she was staying with her father.

In a statement released Wednesday, Justin DiPietro says he would not hurt his daughter. DiPietro, in the statement, says he is not hiding and that he has no idea what happened to her.

"I have been in full cooperation with everyone in this effort, including not adding to the media hype," he says. "I would never do anything to hurt my child."

Ayla, who is blonde, blue-eyed, and 2-feet-9 inches tall, was last seen Friday night wearing green one-piece pajamas with polka dots and the words "Daddy's Princess" on them. She also had a soft cast on her left arm.

Complete coverage of the Ayla Reynolds case on Crimesider


  • Casey Glynn

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