WATERVILLE — There were fresh footprints in the snow Tuesday near a growing shrine for missing toddler Ayla Reynolds.
But there was no Ayla.
Police investigators and search teams continued their work Tuesday, 11 days after the 20-month-old girl was reported missing from her Violette Avenue home.
A $30,000 reward has been offered for any information that leads investigators to her, but by mid-afternoon Tuesday, there was little new information.
Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said  investigators are confident that Ayla did not walk out of the house by herself. Someone else had to have been involved, he said.
“We feel comfortable at this point in our belief that Ayla did not walk away from her home under her own power for several reasons,” Massey said Tuesday. “The physical layout of the home and the steps she would have needed to take to get outside make it very unlikely. 
“We also considered her stature — she is a toddler and although she was walking, her mobility (is) still developing.”
Massey added that the cast on Ayla’s arm and her height would have made it unlikely that she could have manipulated the doors. He said once police received the report that she was missing, search teams went right to work.
“Public safety workers responded immediately and began an intensive, exhaustive and thorough search, to include the use of numerous tracking canines, one of which responded to the scene on Saturday morning,” he said.
Additional information is scheduled to be released later today.

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