PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The biggest criminal investigation in Maine’s history started with a 911 call in which a father said his 20-month-old daughter was last seen about 10 hours before he reported her missing.
The Associated Press requested the 911 transcripts under the Freedom of Access Act after the state supreme court ruled they cannot be withheld unless police show how releasing them would harm an investigation.
Justin DiPietro told a dispatcher that he put Ayla Reynolds to bed at 8 p.m. on Dec. 16, 2011, and that his sister checked on her two hours later. He answered “there’s no way” when asked if she could’ve crawled out of a crib.
Ayla was reported missing at 8:49 a.m. the next morning and hasn’t been seen since. DiPietro was living in his mother’s home in Waterville.