Blood was found in the basement of the Waterville house where Ayla Reynolds disappeared six weeks ago during a police search earlier this month.

State Police spokesman Steve McCausland confirmed Saturday that police located blood in the basement of Justin DiPietro’s home at 29 Violette Ave.

DiPietro, Ayla’s father, reported the 21-month old missing on Dec. 17.

An exhaustive search — which attracted national attention — ensued , but so far that search shows nothing about what happened to the toddler.

McCausland would not describe the quantity of blood, but said it is being tested at the Maine State Police Crime Lab in Augusta.

He said it was recovered as part of a search of DiPietro’s home several weeks ago. Police cordoned off the home with crime tape and searched it for several days. 

“Hundreds of pieces of potential evidence were taken and are a top priority of the crime lab,” McCausland said. “We have answers to some, and the work continues.”

Ayla was last seen wearing green one-piece pajamas with polka dots and the words “Daddy’s Princess” on them.

She is 2 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs about 30 pounds. Her arm was in a soft splint, police said it was unlikely she would have been able to get out of the house on her own.


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