WATERVILLE — A shrine to missing toddler Ayla Reynolds has returned, albeit in a different form.

Today also marks seven months since Ayla was reported missing on Dec. 17 by her father, Justin DiPietro.

Over the weekend, a sign was put up at the former site of a teddy bear shrine at the home of the girl’s family at 29 Violette Ave. that features her photo with the message, “Missing. Ayla Bell Reynolds. Please call 911.”

Earlier this month, hundreds of teddy bears and other mementos were removed from the DiPietro’s front lawn. A reporter’s call to homeowner Phoebe DiPietro wasn’t returned by press time Monday.

Justin DiPietro contends that Ayla was abducted. Investigators, however, say a kidnapping did not happen and they believe the three adults who saw her last — her father, aunt Elisha DiPietro and Courtney Roberts — are withholding information in the case.

Investigators also believe Ayla is likely dead. No one has been charged.

Maine State Police are asking that anyone with information call them at 207-624-7076.


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