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Maine toddler vanishes: Where's Ayla?

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  • Father of 20-month-old told police he last saw her when he put her to bed Friday
  • Police dogs reportedly searched father's home on Sunday
  • Police say both of little Ayla Reynolds parents are cooperating
  • Relative: Mother filed documents seeking full custody last Thursday
Maine toddler vanishes: Where's Ayla?

State, local and federal authorities in Maine are desperately searching for a 20-month-old girl whose father claimed she disappeared from his home in the middle of the night.

Ayla Reynolds’ father, Justin DiPietro, told officers that he last saw her when he put her to bed around 8:00 on Friday night, and she was gone when he went to check on her around 9 a.m. Saturday morning, according to Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey. She was reportedly wearing green pajamas with “Daddy’s Princess” written on the front and had one of her arms in a sling.

Massey told reporters at a press conference Sunday that his agency was utilizing all available resources to search for Ayla, including seeking assistance from the state police and the FBI. Massey said both of Ayla’s parents—who do not live together—have been “cooperative” and “very forthcoming” with information, as have other family members.

According to the Morning Sentinel newspaper, Massey would not say if there were any signs of forced entry at the house when officers arrived, but several adults were there on Friday night and at least one was not a family member.

“Everything is on the table. We need to see where the evidence leads us,” he said.

Police were told that Ayla broke her arm in a fall about three weeks ago, according to Massey. Ayla’s mother, Trista Reynolds, filed paperwork on Thursday seeking full custody of the girl, her grandmother told a Nancy Grace producer Monday, but she did not think that DiPietro was aware of that filing.

The Morning Sentinel reported that two search dogs were at DiPietro’s home on Sunday. Authorities went door to door in the neighborhood and searched a nearby stream. They also used an automated phone system that calls everybody within a square mile and notifies them that a child is missing.

Anyone with information related to Ayla Reynolds’ disappearance is asked to call the Waterville Police Department at 207-680-4700.

Watch Nancy Grace Monday at 8 p.m. ET on HLN for the latest on the search and an interview with Ayla’s mother.

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