Statement Analysis®: Trista Reynolds Reveals Blood Evidence

by Grace4Ayla on September 14, 2013

Since Ayla Reynolds disappeared from her father’s home on Dec. 17, 2011, I have had plenty of practice analyzing the statements of Ayla’s mother, Trista Reynolds. I am always struck by how vague and uncommitted her words seem to be, especially concerning her daughter.

For this article, I decided to do a comparison between Trista Reynolds’ most recent statements to those of Desiree Young, mother of missing child Kyron Horman. Desiree, like Trista, did not have custody of her son when he went missing June 4, 2010.

Priorities, anyone?

How does Trista Reynolds feel about the status of her daughter’s case?

“I honestly believe that if it was, you know, Ayla was their daughter or their child or their family member, I honestly believe the case would be solved.”

Interview with WCSH Channel 6, September 10, 2013

Right away, I note that Trista uses the word ‘honestly’ twice in this sentence. This is an indication that Trista has either lied to this person before and now wants to be believed, or she is currently lying. Notice how she calls Ayla an ‘it,’ at first, then corrects herself, and eventually over-corrects herself.

In contrast, what are Desiree Young’s feelings about the status of Kyron’s case?

“It’s been a passion of mine to do as much as I can to keep this case moving forward and to help law enforcement so that we can get some answers and find out what happened on June 4.”

Interview with KGW News Channel 8, September 1, 2013

Do I even need to point out the obvious differences in these two mothers? Forget about helping law enforcement at this point, Trista Reynolds is instead leaking information that could potentially jeopardize the investigation. Police even asked her specifically not to disclose these facts. Trista’s reaction? “What’s it going to jeopardize?” The answer, of course, is Ayla’s case. Is Trista Reynolds deliberately jeopardizing the case against Justin DiPietro in the name of Justice for Ayla? That is some twisted kind of justice, in my opinion.

Saying Less Than Nothing

“Something terrible happened to Ayla that night, whether it was by accident or done on purpose, but people need, you know, they need to be brought to justice for it.”

Interview with WCSH Channel 6, September 10, 2013

After revealing that MSP had found blood not only in Justin’s bedroom, but also on his shoes and in his truck, Trista is still vague in her statements about who is responsible for Ayla’s disappearance. Why would she still be reluctant to name names at this point? Let’s look at her words more closely.

  • “Something” – vague, her daughter died that night, not “something”
  • “people” – hiding identity. It was Courtney Roberts, Justin DiPietro, and Elisha DiPietro, not “people”
  • “they” – another attempt to hide identity.

What, exactly, does Trista think happened?

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.”

  • “In my eyes” – giving room for it to be something else in others eyes.
  • “it”- she is close to what happened to Ayla
  • “and”  – missing information.
  • “that” – distancing her self from Ayla at this point (point of no return, or that). Expected would be “not getting her help”
  • “yeah” – attempt to convince.

Trista Reynolds doesn’t believe there is any evidence that Justin DiPietro killed their daughter, but what does law enforcement believe? He had blood on his shoes, yet Trista doesn’t believe this is evidence of Justin killing Ayla? Does this mean that Trista still believes Ayla’s death was an accident? If Trista Reynolds can admit this much, why can’t she come out and say that Justin DiPietro needs to be held accountable for Ayla’s death? She certainly has no problem doing so on her blog. Deception detected.

Blood Ties

Going back to Desiree Young, here is what she had to say about her belief that Terri Horman is responsible for the disappearance of her son.

“I now believe, without a shadow of a doubt that not only is she capable of hurting Kyron, that it’s clear that she could have hurt him in the worst possible way.”

Interview with KGW Channel 8, Nov 10, 2010

Here is a woman who doesn’t mince words! Trista Reynolds, on the other hand, doesn’t even attempt to make herself seem like a grieving mother.

“When what was shown to me, I don’t see how any little child can survive after that. All I can picture when I close my eyes is like, the blood that I saw.”

Interview with WCSH Channel 6, September 10, 2013

Trista is talking about seeing pictures of her little girl’s blood, but she uses statements like ‘any little child,’ and how what she sees is ‘like’ the blood, (but not the blood she saw.) How can she not be outraged that her child suffered so at the hands of Justin DiPietro, and it was possibly witnessed by others? Yet all she sees when she closes her eyes is something ‘like’ the blood she saw? Unbelievable. Even more unbelievable is how mainstream media edited out the word like when quoting Trista. I guess they didn’t find it as important as I did.

Loose Lips Sink Ships

Changing gears for a moment, let’s take a look at what Maine State Police and prosecutors have to say about the current state of Ayla Reynolds’ case.

“No one has been eliminated as a suspect,” McCausland told CNN. Police have been careful not to name anyone a suspect and have warned against speculation. Neither police nor the Maine attorney general’s office will comment on what Ayla’s mother said about her daughter’s alleged additional blood evidence.

What they will say is there isn’t enough evidence to make an arrest.

“We make our charging decisions on the basis of the evidence and never on the basis of public pressure or public demand,” Assistant Attorney General William Stokes said Wednesday.

“We understand certainly the frustration that families feel in circumstance like these, but there are professional standards we must abide by for all of us, based not on emotion or feeling, but evidence-based.”

Mother of missing Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds reveals secret evidence,, September 13, 2013

They have stated here in no uncertain terms that no amount of pressure or leakage of evidence is going to change anything in the case of the disappearance of Ayla Reynolds. Why Trista Reynolds insists on damaging her daughter’s case against Justin DiPietro is beyond my understanding. How could the photographic and other evidence shown to Trista by MSP be “unequivocal” if there is not enough of it to prosecute?

 There’s that word again…you keep using that word…I do not think it means what you think it means…

– Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride


I believe the answer to this last question lies in a previous blog post titled, Possible Charges. If there truly is blood and saliva traces, along with evidence that Ayla suffered, then there is enough evidence to bring the Waterville Three (Justin DiPietro, Elisha DiPietro and Courtney Roberts) in on child abuse charges. There is no way Ayla could have been so gravely injured that night and none of them saw anything, especially Justin. Yet Justin has never been concerned about blood evidence. Justin himself said, “If there was something there, I wouldn’t be here right now.” So, if there were traces of Ayla’s blood and saliva on Justin’s shoes, then police and prosecutors are waiting on evidence to prove murder, or felony murder. And that means that Derek Tudela, Trista Reynolds and anyone else privy to any foreknowledge of Justin DiPietro’s plan to kill Ayla Bell Reynolds for the insurance money will go down with him.

It seems to me, that this is a last ditch effort by Jeff Hanson and Trista Reynolds to manipulate Justin DiPietro to either release Ayla’s body, turn himself in and face lesser charges, or… throw someone else under the bus.

Perhaps we saw the beginning of this when Jeff Hanson claimed that Trista was told, “Justin went out for wine at 8:00 and left Ayla alone with Courtney.” Courtney and Justin broke up not long after that. If I were Phoebe and Elisha DiPietro, I’d watch out for that bus.

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