Somewhere Over The Rainbow…

by Grace4Ayla on November 26, 2012

…Skies are blue, but not for Ayla Bell Reynolds. The helpless daughter of two unstable young parents, Ayla’s life must have felt like the beginning of the Wizard of Oz – gray, dreary and all too familiar.

In previous posts, we have been exploring the telling words and actions that reveal the true relationship between Justin DiPietro and Trista Reynolds, looking for clues into the truth of what really happened to Ayla Bell Reynolds on that fateful December day last year. Strange and shocking as it may seem, I have reason to believe that Trista and Justin may have been using the mainstream media and online blogs to not only deceive the public, but also to communicate certain information to each other in secret since Ayla’s demise.

Let’s take a look at the hidden messages behind these exchanges for more information.

Part One: Everything in Black & White

In order to tie in the hidden messages to the events surrounding the disappearance of Ayla Bell Reynolds, I prefer to use the story method. To begin, let’s go back to the very beginning of her short and troubled life.

Ayla Bell Reynolds was born to a mentally ill young woman with a history of chronic substance abuse problems on April 4th, 2010. During her pregnancy, Trista Reynolds claimed that she did not know who the real father was, and for a short time led her then-boyfriend, Ray Fortier, to believe that the baby was his. But, when Ayla finally arrived, as we heard from Justin DiPietro “there is no denying she was (his)…” Ray Fortier insisted that a DNA test be taken, and when little Ayla was seven months old, it was determined once and for all that her father was none other than Justin DiPietro.

Not much is truly known about Ayla’s life or the relationship between her families after the DNA testing, but Trista has stated publicly that Justin had nothing to do with Ayla until just before he “decided” to take custody of her in October of 2011. According to the published timeline on Trista’s website, Justin’s visits with Ayla began on August 11, 2011. Trista also revealed that just before and during this time frame she was having an “affair” with Justin, despite the fact that he was supposedly in a long-term relationship with Courtney Roberts. Whether or not any of this is true has yet to be determined, but my personal belief is that she was trying to get Justin back, since her fiance had just been sent up the river for ten years. Failing that, I further believe that Trista came up with a new plan for Justin to take Ayla. Justin countered with a better idea, to kill Ayla for insurance money, and they would both be rid of her. I believe on October 11, 2011, Trista agreed to this plan.

Following my theory, Trista then went home and told her sister, Jessica Reynolds, that Justin would be taking Ayla while Trista “got on her feet,” and a huge fight ensued. The police were called but no one was arrested. The police supposedly did call DHHS however, and when (or if) CPS showed up the next day, Trista agreed to go to detox for approximately 10 days. Not one to miss an opportunity, Justin had his mother contact her acquaintance Karen Small at DHHS, and made arrangements to go pick up Ayla. Jessica grudgingly allowed Ayla to leave, but not without giving Justin a hint: the Daddy’s Princess pajamas.

Jessica called her attorney and demanded a team family meeting be held a few days later. She had been around the block before with DHHS, and she was determined to save Ayla from Justin’s abuse. But even with her lawyer, two doctors, and two case workers, she failed.

Perhaps on that very same day, Justin drove to Waterville and bought a $25,000 life insurance policy on Ayla. Two weeks later, Justin “fell” on his 19 month-old daughter and broke her arm; Ayla did not receive any medical attention until the following day. Despite this abuse, Phoebe DiPietro, Justin’s mom, and Trista rallied around Justin after this “accident,” going with him to the Emergency Room and doctor’s visits, and assuring everyone within earshot what a great father Justin was.

On November 21, 2011, after Ayla’s second orthopedic doctor appointment, Trista, Justin and perhaps at least one other person went to Waterville to firm up the plans for Ayla’s demise. The date was written down on one of the doctors reports in Trista’s own handwriting, December 16, 2011.

The days leading up to d-day were excruciating, with Trista calling Justin repeatedly. She asked if she could be there when it happened and Justin replied, “No, because I’m not going to have you telling me what to do.” By December 8th, Justin had had enough, and wouldn’t speak to Trista after that. Fearing she would be double-crossed, Trista went to the court to file for custody of Ayla on December 15, 2011. (This was not done in an attempt to take Ayla away from Justin, mind you, but was instead just to make sure she wasn’t cheated out of her share of the insurance money.)

Here is where the story becomes fuzzy, unfortunately. On December 16, 2011, we know Ayla Reynolds did not die of an accident. If she had, Justin would have called 911 and collected his insurance money. We also know there was no kidnapping, as Maine State Police have made that very clear. Did Justin find out about Trista’s custody filing and kill Ayla in a rage? Or was he merely too hung over to make it look like an accident, panicked, then got rid of the body to remove the evidence?

Reflecting upon the Tudela family’s high level of involvement in this case, I have a new theory. Derek Tudela did indeed meet his buddy on that fateful morning of the 16th, or perhaps he was just communicated with, but I suspect he may have informed Justin that there is a two-year waiting period on most life insurance policies before they will pay out on claims. This news might have upset the already tired and angry Justin DiPietro. If he couldn’t claim the money, what did he need Ayla for? He beat her to death later that day.

More to Come…

Join us tomorrow for our next installment Part Two: Waking Up in Oz.


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