Crime in Maine: The Ayla Reynolds Case
Maine has traditionally had a very low crime rate when compared to most other states in the nation. The reasons for this are varied, but the low population and the rural nature of the state are just two. A low crime does not mean no crime however, and sadly Maine has it's share of violent crime, disappearances, and drug-related crimes.
Just as Maine is not often in the national news, many crimes within the state aren't either. A case from recent years that has reached regional and some national attention is the disappearance of Ayla Reynolds. Ayla was 20 months old when she disappeared from her father's home on December 16, 2011. Family members were in the home, some blood was found, and the search for Ayla was the largest in Maine history, and one of the largest in US history. To date, Ayla has not been found, and the Maine State Police have (understandably) communicated that they believe one or more of the people in the house the night of Ayla's disappearance know more than they are telling.
The case is back in the news over the past few days, as Ayla's father (Justin DiPietro) has responded to a civil suit filed against him by Ayla's mother, Trista Reynolds. This is rather interesting as efforts to locate Justin within the past several months have been unsuccessful. For an update on the status of the case, I recommend listening to the following Season 2 Bonus Episode from Frozen Truth Podcast:
Frozen Truth's host, Scott Fuller, comes from a family that has deep connections to Maine, and spent a full season of his podcast covering the Ayla Reynolds case in great detail. I highly recommend keeping tabs on this important case and also listening to season 2 of Frozen Truth for the full background.