What do you make of the account? Please carefully post your analysis in the comments section.
Is it a truthful account?
Are there specific indicators of deception?
From the statement itself, who is the source of information?
What evidence can you present as "story telling"?
Is the author different from the source of information?
What is the main thrust of the account?
What is the priority of the account?
What is the purpose of the statement?
Ayla Reynolds was reported missing by her father, Justin DiPietro last December. Since that report, the public has learned:
1. Justin DiPietro, single father and unemployed, purchased a life insurance policy against Ayla's life approximately 6 weeks before reporting her missing.
2. Ayla's blood was found in the basement of the home of Justin DiPietro.
3. Justin DiPietro, his sister Elisha, and his girlfriend Courtney Roberts, have all withheld information about what happened to Ayla, from the police.
4. Justin DiPietro and Elisha DiPietro reportedly failed polygraphs, though he said he "smoked" his, and she said she "did fine" on hers.
5. Ayla had a broken arm which went untreated for 24 hours prior to her disappearance. Ayla's mother reported a series of unexplained or ill explained injuries to Ayla, including a black eye which her father reportedly stated that it happened because "Ayla got into a fight."
6. Justin DiPietro issued a public challenge to Nancy Grace to come to Maine. When producers attempted to do so, he refused to meet with them and is not cooperating with investigators.
To date, no one has been arrested.
Here is the account given by a friend of Ayla's father. Analysis to follow:
"Ayla Bell Reynolds, 20 months old, disappeared about one week before Christmas 2011.
Ayla had been living with her Daddy, Grandmother, and Aunt and cousin in Waterville, Maine for just about 8 weeks before she disappeared in the middle of the night.
Those two months had been the happiest of her Dad's life. Justin still can't comprehend how his life went from being full of optimism and promise, to dark and hopeless literally overnight.
Justin had found out that he was a father when Ayla was 7 months old. He never even knew Ayla was on the way, so he didn't get to meet her when she was born. When he found out that he had a child, he was happy to be a Dad and he tried to learn things quickly. There didn't seem to be room for him in this little baby's life with the family she already knew, but he was determined. Even though there had never been a committed relationship between he and the mother, he was very willing to learn to co-parent. There were, however, some dynamics there that made it difficult. This isn't the appropriate place to discuss it, but it is important to note that Ayla has two parents that love her, who don't happen to have a relationship with each other beyond co-parenting. It matters because sometimes it sets the stage for people to understand the dynamics better and helps people not to create "if-then" scenarios that don't apply in this particular case.
Justin does have a long time girlfriend who also has a young child. Things had been going well for them and they truly were very happy. Justin's girlfriend from Portland, and her son were up for a visit which was normal on the weekends. They'd met during his 5 years in Portland where he lived with other single friends in an apartment. He'd recently had to leave Portland to have a better home environment for Ayla since he had just gotten custody of her and was working towards getting on his feet in Waterville- and out of the temporary room he had in the basement of his mom's house. His girlfriend's family and support network is in Portland where she also has a day job and continues her college education at night. She is currently working towards her masters degree there but spends as much time as can be spared with her baby boy as well as Justin and Ayla. Justin often feels like she doesn't give herself enough of a break, but also respects her drive. Things were going well in the big picture and the future was looking brighter.
The night of Friday, December 16th, 2011 was no different than most any other night for the two months he'd been back. Everyone went to bed, Ayla was checked on at 10 pm, and sometime after 8 am on that Saturday morning, people in the house started waking up and realizing that their entire world had just turned into a nightmare.
It was at about 8:30 that Justins sister, whose room is closest to the baby room, awoke and started moving about the house in her Saturday morning routine. That particular night only Ayla was in her room as her younger cousin had slept in her mom's room. That wasn't at all unusual for the 18 month old and her mom. Moments later the aunt walked into the babies shared room only to find Ayla not there. After a rushed trip down the stairs and the discovery that Justin did not have Ayla either, there was instant panic. He bolted up the stairs, knocking over the gate that was placed there every morning for the two little girls, and into her room. Nothing. She wasn't there. She wasn't anywhere inside. Outside- nothing.
I don't think any of us that are parents have to think too hard to remember a time when we thought- for a handful of seconds or minutes- that one of our little ones had toddled off alone. While on one hand you are panicking at what "could be" on the other hand you are keeping yourself in check because your logical mind keeps reassuring you that if you breathe, stay calm, and think...you will find that little munchkin- probably in the tupperware cabinet again.
Only, in Justin's case, he's had to wake up to the same nightmare day after day without end. In those frantic, surreal moments the possibility that she could be in that house SOMEWHERE kept competing with the thought that someone had taken her. As the morning unfolded into what felt like an eternity...he just kept thinking that by the days end they would have found Ayla. The police would have put every officer within a hundred mile radius on the case and they would figure out who could have taken her. But night arrived, and Ayla did not.
I have to stop here because I simply can't find any more words that will fit on this page. My understanding of what happened from that day on, through many conversations, have forever changed me. The things that have taken place since then defy reason, to be honest. I can't believe that we still haven't found this precious little girl. It is more apparent than ever that if we don't round up the help of everyone we know and all of their friends too, Ayla could be waiting to see her Daddy for a very, very long time. He wakes up to this again and again, in the face of a foaming at the mouth public that is hell bent on making him the villian in a tabloid event. I pray for him daily, as I pray for his daughter's safety, well-being, and quick return."