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Police: No suspects in baby Ayla case

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  • Police are searching for missing 20-month-old girl
  • Parents were in bitter custody battle before Ayla disappeared

A frantic search is underway in the small town of Waterville, Maine, for missing toddler Ayla Reynolds. The 20-month-old was last seen when her father put her to bed on Friday night around 8:00 p.m. The next morning she was gone, and there has been no sign of her since.

Now, authorities and volunteers are scouring the area. Dogs have been brought in to search the home where Ayla was last seen and the surrounding area, including a nearby stream.

The Morning Sentinel reports that police have not named any suspects and say all family members have been cooperative and helpful. But Ayla's mother, Trista Reynolds, says Ayla's father, Justin Dipietro, was the last one to see her and she wants to know what happened on Friday night.

Police updated the case at a news conference Monday, telling reporters there were a number of people at Justin's home that night, including at least one person who was not a family member. Investigators report they've located all of these people and have interviewed them. But who exactly was there and what happened that night remains unclear to the public.

Ayla and Justin are in the midst of a bitter custody dispute over little Ayla. The Morning Sentinel reports Ayla lived with her mother, Trista, until October when Trista voluntarily checked herself into rehab. At that point, Ayla went to live with her father. On Thursday, Trista filed papers to gain sole custody of Ayla, saying the toddler's father threatened to do the same and so she filed papers without him knowing. The next night, Ayla disappeared.

Watch Nancy Grace tonight at 8 p.m. for an exclusive interview with Ayla's grandmother.

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