Investigators Scale Back Search For Missing Maine Toddler

WATERVILLE, MAINE (CBS) – Authorities searching for 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds in Maine have conducted the last of their “large-scale search operations.”

Over the past 12 days, search crews from numerous agencies have conducted a large number of ground and water searches in the area where Ayla was last seen. Waterville Police say detectives are actively following up on 370 tips that they have received from the public.

Ayla was last seen when her father put her to bed a week and a half ago. But in a new statement released Wednesday, Justin DiPietro says he would not hurt his daughter.

WBZ-TV’s Lauren Leamanczyk reports

READ: Justin DiPietro’s Statement

In the statement, DiPietro says he is not hiding and that he has no idea what happened to her.

“I have been in full cooperation with everyone in this effort, including not adding to the media hype,” he says. “I would never do anything to hurt my child.”

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