Exclusive: Ayla Reynolds to be Declared Dead

by Grace4Ayla on May 27, 2017

Hold on to your hats, folks!

On May 17, 2017, after more than five long years of waiting and wondering, the family asked the state of Maine to officially declare Ayla Bell Reynolds deceased since December 16, 2011.

Click here to see one of the court documents.

What REALLY happened to Ayla Bell Reynolds?

As most of my readers will know, on December 17, 2011, Ayla Bell Reynolds was reported missing by her “half-decent” father, Justin DiPietro. (After he hung up a few times, of course. Like you do.) The story he gave at the time was that he just woke up to find her missing from the residence he shared with his mother Phoebe DiPietro in Waterville, ME.

In the months and weeks that preceded Ayla Reynolds’ murder, Justin DiPietro was also responsible for breaking her tiny arm, and returning her with bruises that to this day have not been satisfactorily explained.

Ahem. I will leave it to you, dear readers, to connect those dots…

In a previous post, there was mention of Trista Reynolds pursuing a wrongful death suit against Justin DiPietro after the successful petition of the death certificate. Well, from where I’m sitting I can tell you that it certainly looks like Trista Reynolds may be going after that wrongful death suit, but only time will tell for sure. It is, after all, what a mother seeking actual justice might do in such a case, isn’t it?

I will leave any speculation as to what this might mean for the criminal aspect of Ayla’s case for another day. But perhaps Law Enforcement will now take Ayla’s name off their missing persons list and add it to their unsolved murders.

Either way, things are about to get interesting.

That old justice clock seems like it just might strike one someday, doesn’t it?

(This post was updated to reflect new information made available May 30, 2017. Ayla was not formally declared dead, but a hearing is set for September 21, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.)

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Dana B. May 27, 2017 at 2:56 am

It would appear so but there is another crime here and that is the botched investigation in the early stages. If she was deceased before the call then police should have made their case from day one of the investigation. Instead of saying we are not going to comment on that, as far as I can see they allowed it to become a pony and dog show. Hopefully they find her and bring her home along with prosecuting the guilty party or parties.


Grace Wilson May 27, 2017 at 2:57 am

Good point Dana!


Carrie K May 27, 2017 at 8:13 am

Why would you put a fake document up??Just wow!!


Grace4Ayla May 27, 2017 at 1:16 pm

It isn’t a fake document, but thanks for playing!


Carrie K May 27, 2017 at 9:14 pm

I hope it’s not!!! I’m not playing any game thank you very much!! I find nothing funny about this as you write as if it was a show!


Grace4Ayla May 27, 2017 at 9:17 pm

Well Carrie, if you bother to really read this blog you will find that I have been viewing this particular shitshow from the beginning. I have been attacked, ridiculed, threatened and maligned. Pardon my sarcasm, but I think I’ve earned it.


Carrie K May 27, 2017 at 9:52 pm

Sorry if I came across rude but this is the first time seeing this document it is not posted anywhere else but your blog so I ? it. This may be a dumb ? but I’m not familiar with how the court system works but would both parents have to be there ?

Grace4Ayla May 27, 2017 at 9:54 pm

He would have to be notified, it would be up to them if they wanted to contest or attend.

Ione Krueger May 27, 2017 at 10:42 pm

Why would you say thanks for playing? It’s not a freakin game, when a child has been mistreated and then murdered! So why would you say that?


Grace4Ayla May 27, 2017 at 11:04 pm

I didn’t say it about Ayla, I said it in response to her insulting me by saying I put up a fake document in a case about a mistreated then murdered child! Who would do that? Get a grip.


Candice Casey May 29, 2017 at 11:19 am

You are putting this out as an official document and it clearly is NOT. It is a very badly done “draft” complete with cross outs, produced by an unidentified person (s) that could be any person, not necessarily a person with standing to file it AND it has not been approved, signed by a judge or even recorded with the court!


Grace4Ayla May 29, 2017 at 3:28 pm

You are going to feel really stupid when you realize this is truth.


Melissa T May 27, 2017 at 12:46 pm

poor little Ayla. We haven’t forgotten you. Someday you will get your justice.


Tanya May 27, 2017 at 2:28 pm

It’s truly sad that this is still an on going case, in my opinion this is not a unsolved murder case, it’s a murderer getting away with what him/them an what they did!!! Evidence supports what really happened. I have watched many CSI an criminal minds shows. To know u don’t need a body to catch the person or persons who were involved.. prayers to her family that one day she is returned home, or her body found. Leave a light on for this beautiful angel waiting to rest either way.. show Trista ure support!!! We all need to fight the this so it don’t happen to another little princess.


Maureen May 27, 2017 at 3:21 pm

One thing that strikes me as odd… Justin was seen taking out a good sized box. It was a big enough for poor little Ayla. Where and what was in that box… We’ll never know


Grace Wilson May 27, 2017 at 3:58 pm

Do you happen to have a link to that siting? I remember hearing that but I’m not sure where…


Anonymous May 29, 2017 at 9:40 pm

Maybe the police should figure out where the trash goes from that particular neighborhood and go search the trash site…


Glenda F Armandi May 27, 2017 at 5:47 pm

It would be good to know what actually happened, where, and by whom. That remains the unanswered question.
Every day of our lives, oft times three times a day at Grace we pray to God that Ayla be located and brought home to Trista.
It is distressing when anyone goes missing or lost at sea. There is little chance of putting a finger on where do es one go to honor her?
We are in Florida now, but will never forget that little girl and how someone (s). Silence had held evidence hostage!!


Christa Unger May 27, 2017 at 10:05 pm

If there isn’t already, there should be a special place in Hell for people like Justin DiPietro.
Rest in Peace little Angel.


Debby Bowden May 28, 2017 at 12:20 am

I believe that the father had a short temper and beat her to death then hid her body who knows where??? But That’s what I have alway’s believed.


Anonymous May 28, 2017 at 12:20 am

I would like to believe that she has been kidnapped and is being raised with no clue to this horrific story. I know I may sound stupid. But I would want to think that my home state would have been able to find this childs killer and let her rest peacefully, if indeed she was murdered.


Lily May 28, 2017 at 1:16 am

i am glad this has been done through the justice system and I would like to know if its true that he broke her arm or was the cause of it why did he get to keep her, a friend of mine had a son and a infant daughter, the son jumped on the couch and lost balance onto the infant girl that broke her arm. The mother hurried her to the ER and the DHS came in and took her as the dr said she must have broke her arm and not the boy and then they went to her house and took her son as well…she lost both of them and a couple years later due to same incident they took her third child at birth….what is wrong with the system….Ayla should have been taken out of the house as was my friends child….its just not an equal system and very unfair this one cost Ayla her life..and the mother who tried so hard to become the mom she wanted to be for her child has lost her daughter for ever…so very sad all around.


Jessie Nevells May 28, 2017 at 1:40 pm

Now that the death is official, those responsible to care for her and keep her safe need to be CHARGED.


Noneyabusiness May 29, 2017 at 10:19 am

First and foremost, I live right here in Maine, and there have been NO current reports on the Ayla Reynolds case in about 6 months. There are ZERO Court documents to be seen because this is an active missing persons case; not a declared death. I’m not sure where you dredged your information from, but I would highly suggest that you intensify your research before you’re hunted down for slander. The minimal details you cite are common knowledge; other than you are projecting a theory. Search Maine public records…there is NO death certificate on file because Ayla has never been pronounced deceased.


Grace4Ayla May 29, 2017 at 3:38 pm

I did search Maine public records, which is where the document came from. Just because you don’t know where to look doesn’t mean they aren’t out there. Ayla was declared dead on May 17, 2017. I stand behind my reporting.


Noneyabusiness May 29, 2017 at 11:36 pm

Death certificates contain the morticians signature; that of which is not present. A judge cannot deem a person, or persons, dead. Nor is there a signature from a judge on this document. The header alone is vastly missing information. It is NOT generalized header.


Grace Wilson May 30, 2017 at 1:03 am

This is not a death certificate. This is what was filed in court. This is an authentic document. I can’t help it if it doesn’t look how you imagine it. Maybe you should take it up with the state of Maine and stop slandering me on my own blog. FFS


Candice Casey May 29, 2017 at 11:10 am

You are out of your freaking mind and SHOULD be sued for defamation and slander by a number of people who would no doubt win their case in a 5 minute hearing before a judge.

When a person goes missing for whatever reason, they are typically declared dead after a number of years. It does not mean they were murdered. It does not even mean they went missing because they died. It means they have “likely” died over the course of time, in the case of adults, that time frame us typical seven years and is based on actuarial science.

Any “missing” person may well be out there alive and well, or they may have fallen from a tree and broke their neck may have been in a car that went off the road into a ravine and succumbed, or died of pneumonia, cancer, or a stroke long after they went missing. It does NOT mean they went missing because they were murdered.

What you are doing here is vicious and baseless. And you should be sued, probably won’t be because too many people let people like you get away with illegal exercise of your right to free speach which does have limits including prohibiting defaming, libalous, and slanderous speach, which is precisely what this is. The people you have seriously wronged here may let it slide, but somedsy, you will be held accountabke.

For the record, I know none of the parties involved.


Grace4Ayla May 29, 2017 at 3:31 pm

I probably won’t be sued because the last thing in the world these people want is for their lies to be exposed to the world, and this includes Trista. This blog has been up for over 5 years, and I’ve never received a single lawsuit…what does that tell you?


Grace4Ayla May 29, 2017 at 3:47 pm

Hey Candace, you do realize that by accusing me of faking documents, I could sue you for slander? Especially if you are wrong, which you are. Something to think about, huh?


Candice Casey May 29, 2017 at 12:40 pm

Stunningly appropriate that the next topic on this site is “Fake News.” Could have put this under the same heading.


Grace4Ayla May 29, 2017 at 3:34 pm

Ok Candice, you’ve had your say. If you can’t attack the message attack the messanger huh? I’ve been through this with so many (and better) before you…

Try this. Instead of insults, why don’t you try debating me? Pick one of my theories and blow it out of the water. Show me how I am wrong. Give me a better theory to replace mine that answers all the questions and evidence. I am dying for someone to do this, but no one ever has…

Maybe because I am right and there is no evidence refuting my theory? Maybe…


Grace4Ayla May 30, 2017 at 1:13 pm
Anonymous May 31, 2017 at 3:18 am

So sorry to hear that this is what it has come to. this so called person I will not call him a man because no real man I know would do such a thing to a child and yes we know he did it hope some day he can’t stand seeing her beautiful face and her inasent sole in his dreams and he confesses or goes insane may God have mercy on you sole Justin seance you did not for Ayla


michelle arnott June 1, 2017 at 3:07 am

I hope Ayla can be found. I hope Justice is served and Justin gets honest for once. She looks so much like my oldest as a baby, makes me sick this happened.


Carol June 6, 2017 at 9:58 pm

I pray this baby is safe safe some place and has suffered no pain


Katherine E Griffin July 21, 2017 at 10:35 pm

The father knows where that baby is buried he knows it’s Dad he killed that baby please let the public know what happened this baby so many people that don’t even know this baby and this family are morning hot bless the family in the mother


S.camren September 28, 2017 at 2:02 am

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