Discussion Post #1 – General Discussion Thread

by Grace4Ayla on August 18, 2014

Jeff Hanson, maternal family spokesperson, officially closed down his site UnitedForAyla.com a few months ago. He has since unpublished it, and redirected the site to the original AylaReynolds.com.

Now Tori Gifford, one of Jeff’s co-admins on JusticeForAyla.blogspot.com, has announced that she will dismantle that blog shortly as well.

In order to have a place for all sides to discuss the disappearance of Ayla Reynolds, I have decided to open up comments on discussion posts only. Use this post to add comments relating to the case. Please review the Rules of The Blog before commenting.
Thank you for supporting Justice For Ayla.

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Anonymous August 19, 2014 at 6:15 am

Thank you!


Dana B. August 19, 2014 at 6:33 am

It is sad that sites keep closing but good that you are open for comments Thank You’


Anonymous August 19, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Thank you for this!


Dana B. August 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm

A few myself included thought LE possibly messed up the investigation early on. A lot of others did not think this was very likely.

Jeff’s answer to emails had this statement: despite the contentions regarding “The Case for Trista”, I fear that the echelon politics of our legal system have blundered the most highly published criminal investigation in the history of Maine.


Grace4Ayla August 19, 2014 at 6:32 pm

This is a good point Dana. Here’s what I think. The blood evidence shows that what happened to Ayla was most likely violent. Probably the size of the drops (impact splatter as opposed to drops) and the saliva present are the telling factors. But there is not enough blood to say that she is definitely deceased. Yet other evidence (not made public) leads them to believe that she is not only deceased, but most likely murdered as well. Since murder (and conspiracy to commit murder) have no SOL, they need either the body or a witness to confirm murder. They will not settle for lesser charges.

I take that back. The only person who will get lesser charges will be the person who comes forward to confess. If they find the body first, all bets are off.


Dana B. August 19, 2014 at 6:43 pm

So do you think they have this other evidence that would lead them to believe she was murdered?


Grace4Ayla August 19, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Yes I do. From as far back as May 31, 2012 to be exact. I think this is when they started treating Trista like a suspect as well.


Dana B. August 19, 2014 at 6:54 pm

That was going to be my next question, do you think that is why they haven’t confirmed that she isn’t a suspect.

The other thing that still puzzles me is:
1. If the whole family was suspicious of abuse to Ayla, Why wait so long before trying to get her back?
2. Why has nothing been said about anyone trying to go check on her for 59 days?

Grace4Ayla August 19, 2014 at 7:14 pm

We know from “The Taking of Ayla” that Jessica called CPS on Nov 14, 2011 to report suspected abuse about Ayla’s broken arm. She claimed that the Dr. said “he felt that the injuries were not consistent with the description of how the father said they occurred. (The doctor) reported that this was an uncommon break in a 19 month old child.” Since Jessica did not attend this appointment with Trista and Justin, the information must have come from Trista.

Yet there is no mention in The Taking of Ayla that this doctor made a referral on the broken arm, LE said it was not suspicious, and neither Trista nor Jessica brought this important detail up in early interviews, with Trista claiming she thought Ayla was well taken care of, and Jessica stating she had no experience with Justin’s parenting.

Dana B. August 19, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Just seems strange not much of a show of concern from the maternal side until Ayla goes missing. Then they try to say they were concerned but evidently didn’t act on their concerns. I suppose they just could have all been focused on their own individual problems.

Dana B. August 19, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Also lets not leave out the paternal side they didn’t seemed concerned either and, they were there 24 – 7. Elisha, Lance, or Phoebe should have stepped in and done something if there was actual abuse going on.

Makes for strange non action on both sides.

Grace4Ayla August 19, 2014 at 7:56 pm

I agree, but the DiPietros have a better reason for their silence, since they were either the abusers or witnesses

Anonymous August 19, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Grace, here’s what I don’t understand:

Trista Reynolds told WCSH she doesn’t believe there is evidence DiPietro killed their daughter, but added, “In my eyes, by him letting it go so long and not getting that help, yeah, he killed her.”

What is “it” that Justin let go so long? If there were any evidence at all that Ayla was the victim of violence, would she make such a statement? Yet tc4a talks of blunt force trauma and internal and external injuries.


Grace4Ayla August 19, 2014 at 8:28 pm

That’s a good question. She has flipped back and forth on this issue a lot. Sometimes she (and her supporters) suggest the evidence points to murder, other times she backtracks and insinuates that it must have been an accident that no one sought help for because of other issues.

The only “it” I can think of was the injury Ayla sustained that led to the blood loss…but what she means I don’t know.


Dana B. August 19, 2014 at 9:56 pm

I wonder about the statement Jeff made about Justin maybe being guilty of nothing more than being a bad parent. Then who does he think took Ayla’s life if she is deceased?

Anonymous August 19, 2014 at 9:56 pm

The “m” word seems to pop up in letters Trista signs her name to, but I don’t recall hearing her say the words.

How about “heinous abuse?” Would Justin be guilty of letting it go on so long and not getting that help if it was heinous abuse, but there’s no evidence he killed her, she just died?

Trista makes no sense.

Grace4Ayla August 19, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Ok, just like at F4A, your first post has to be approved, then you can comment freely. I didn’t choose any avatars, I hate those things.

You’re welcome everyone. I know I am not the most popular blogger on the block, but I hope everyone can realize a place where we can talk about all sides of the case. I guarantee this blog won’t be taken over or shut down by Jeff Hanson. Of course, if he or Trista or any of the family members would like to post here, they are welcome.

BTW, is the chat room still open? If not, I will open up one up for us and post the link.


Grace4Ayla August 19, 2014 at 4:29 pm



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