Ayla Reynolds Update: Maine hunting season raises some hope of finding missing toddler

Ayla Reynolds

(CBS) WATERVILLE, Maine - The start of hunting season is raising hopes that hunters walking through the Maine woods will aid in the search for toddler Ayla Reynolds, who went missing in December of 2011, CBS affiliate WABI reports. 

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The child was reported missing from her father's house almost a year ago.

Police believe she is dead but some followers of a website dedicated to finding answers regarding her disappearance believe that she may be alive and that hunters could help.

An administrator for the United for Ayla website, John Pomerleau, tells the Kennebuc Journal that he and others will try to raise awareness among hunters with the distribution of posters about Ayla at locations such as gun clubs, hunter licensing offices, game weigh-in stations, and breakfast diners.

A Department of Public Safety spokesman said there are no new developments in the case, but the investigation remains active.

Alya was 20-months when she was reported missing from her father's Waterville home on Dec. 17, 2011.

Police believe foul play was involved in the disappearance and in April said the three adults who last saw Ayla - her father Justin DiPietro, DiPietro's sister Elisha, and his girlfriend, Courtney Roberts - were not forthcoming with information.

Complete coverage of the Ayla Reynolds case on Crimesider

Pictures: Maine Toddler Ayla Reynolds Missing