WATERVILLE, Maine (CBS/AP) — Maine State Police investigators have been analyzing blood that was found in the home where a toddler was reported missing six weeks ago, an official said Saturday.

The blood was found in the basement early in the investigation into Ayla Reynolds‘ disappearance from her father’s home in Waterville, spokesman Steve McCausland said. The state crime laboratory has been running tests on it since then, but it was unclear when the test results would be ready.

Ayla’s whereabouts have been unknown since her father, Justin DiPietro, reported her missing the morning of Dec. 17.

McCausland called the discovery of the blood “troubling.”

Police singled out Justin DiPietro, his sister, and his new girlfriend, who were all at the house the night Ayla disappeared, saying they know more than they’re telling investigators.

“We have questioned the three adults that were there in the home that night,” McCausland told The Associated Press. “We believe they have not given us the full story.”

Ayla was 20 months old when she disappeared. A vigil in her honor was being held Saturday in downtown Waterville.

The discovery of the blood is the latest development in the investigation.

Ayla was staying with her father at the time she was reported missing. Her mother, Trista Reynolds, lives in Portland.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

McCausland declined to discuss how much blood was found in the basement or how old it might have been.

Justin DiPietro did not immediately return a message left on his cellphone. Trista Reynolds was participating in Saturday’s vigil and wasn’t available for comment.

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Comments (8)
  1. jaygee says:

    Seven weeks into the investigation and they are just now getting around to analyziing the blood. I suppose that they should have the results by next Cristmas.

  2. hopeimwrong says:

    i say take a closer look at the MOTHER

  3. al4624 says:

    well i say they look closer at the father seeing as they said they believe they arent getting the full story from them. give it a rest already and come clean man enough is enough….

  4. mamato3 says:

    If any of my boys went missing, we would be screwed! With them running around, falling, and getting cuts, they would have a field day finding blood here.

  5. Buddy says:

    Goes to show you what a great job law enforcement has done on this case. Stellar job officers. What a bunch of inept idiots. I bet it was all about the overtime. Trust me they could care less about the job than as much as padding there pockets as deep as they can!!!!

    As far as the missing child goes I would hire my own team to investigate what happened. I hope and pray a new set of investigators are brought in because how in the hell could this have been missed?

    I pray for the missing child. I pray that these inept officers are re-assigned elsewhere.

  6. Italo says:

    What’s so sad about this story, is that it seems there has been so much sensational focus on the family, I think largely by their own deflection, and as a result the poor baby herself seems like not even the issue. I hope they can attempt to have a happy ending to this story somehow.

  7. A says:

    While I can appreciate the statements of those who blame law enforcement for slow handling, let’s all remember that real life investigating is NOT like an episode of CSI.

    Hope the get to the bottom if it all and those responsible are brought to justice

  8. Eminem-look-a-like says:

    These parents reminded me the Eminem and his ex-wife.

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