The newspaper’s expansive front page article, “It’s been two years …Where Is Ayla Reynolds” (Dec. 15) rightfully keeps light on the state’s largest police investigation ever. A major mystery! “Where mystery begins, justice ends.” (Edmund Burke, England 1729-1797).

I’m surely not the only person scratching their head about Justin DiPietro’s contention concerning the night Ayla disappeared, while he (her father), his then-girlfriend and Ayla’s aunt (plus three children) were present.

According to authorities, Ayla’s father said, “Someone took her from the house.” If so, pray tell, why for heaven’s sake, did the “someone” take her down into the cellar before leaving the building? And cause her to bleed there? It’s a fact she was down cellar because her blood is there; upstairs and down in significant amounts.

What did “someone” need to do in the cellar with Ayla in hand before returning upstairs and scramming with her? If true, what happened that trumped haste?

The child’s grandmother, Phoebe DiPietro, insists searching for Ayla should take precedence over court proceedings. Twenty searches already have occurred.

Based on circumstances in the case, the state believes Ayla is dead, and the three adults present in her home when she disappeared aren’t telling authorities everything they know. On what basis may the state’s position be faulted?

The most obvious places left to search, from the state’s viewpoint, are three particular minds. Justice for Ayla is just out of reach.

John Benoit, Manchester