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Dive teams begin new search for missing Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds

This undated photo obtained from a facebook page shows missing toddler Ayla Reynolds. AP Photo/obtained from Facebook

Ayla Reynolds
AP Photo/obtained from Facebook
(CBS/AP) WATERVILLE, Maine - Dive teams from the Maine Warden Service and the state police will start searching bodies of water around Waterville on Wednesday for missing toddler Ayla Reynolds.

The 20-month old was reported missing from her father's home on Dec. 17.

A stretch of a stream was drained nearly dry on Dec. 21 so wardens could get a better look, from both the ground and from a search plane.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said the additional bodies of water that will be scoured were selected by the warden service. He said the locations of the dives will be made public Wednesday.

The diving teams will begin in the morning and continue throughout the afternoon.

Ayla's mother Trista Reynolds said Tuesday that she has spoken to the girl's father, who reported her missing, but still has unanswered questions about her daughter's disappearance.

Reynolds said she "isn't getting the whole truth," about what happened in Justin DiPietro's home on the night before Ayla was reported missing. She has criticized DiPietro for refusing to speak to her after Ayla's disappearance. She told NBC's "Today" that they've now spoken, but she still wants to know why he waited more than two weeks to make a public plea for the return of his daughter.

DiPietro told police he last saw Ayla on the night of Dec. 16. He called police the next morning when he found she was not in her bed.


  • Crimesider Staff

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