Ayla Reynolds

PORTLAND, Maine - A lawyer for the father of a missing Maine toddler who couldn't be located to be served a lawsuit says the man is living and working in California.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The lawyer for the mother of a missing Maine toddler is running a legal notice in a newspaper for a wrongful death lawsuit against the child's father.

PORTLAND, Maine - A judge has granted the mother of a missing Maine toddler an extension to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the child's father.

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There is a new development in the missing toddler case that caused the largest and most costly police investigation in Maine's history.

WATERVILLE, Maine - The aunt and grandmother of a toddler who disappeared five year ago, sparking the biggest investigation in Maine's history, say they believe she is still alive.
 
A judge declared Ayla Reynolds legally dead on Wednesday. The 20-month-old was staying with her father, Justin DiPietro, when she was reported missing Dec. 17, 2011.
 

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine toddler whose 2011 disappearance sparked a massive and ongoing investigation has now been declared legally dead.
 
Cumberland County Probate Judge Joseph Mazziotti issued a court order Wednesday that toddler Ayla Reynolds died on or around Dec. 17, 2011. The probate judge said the preponderance of the evidence supports the order.
 
Mazziotti's order allows Reynolds' mother, Trista, to file a wrongful-death lawsuit against Ayla's father, Justin DiPietro.
 

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine state police say they have uncovered no evidence that a missing toddler is alive after receiving more than a thousand leads about her 2011 disappearance.
 
The toddler's mother, at a Thursday court hearing in Portland, asked that Ayla Reynolds be declared dead.

PORTLAND, Maine - A probate judge is convening a hearing on a woman's request that her toddler daughter be declared dead more than five years after her disappearance evolved into the largest criminal investigation in Maine history.
 
The mother of Ayla Reynolds is asking for a declaration so she can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the toddler's father. The hearing is set for Thursday in Portland.
 
Ayla, who was 20 months old, was staying with her father, Justin DiPietro, in Waterville when she disappeared in December 2011, triggering a massive search.
 

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine court will hold a hearing on a mother's request that her daughter be declared dead more than five years after the girl disappeared.
 
Ayla Reynolds was 20 months old when she was reported missing in December 2011. A court has signed off on holding a hearing on Sept. 21 to declare Ayla dead.
 
As part of the legal process, a probate judge signed a document declaring Ayla dead to move the process forward and to appoint her mother as personal representative.
 

WATERVILLE, Maine - The mother of a toddler who disappeared five years ago plans to take steps to obtain a legal declaration that the youngster died.

The mother's family said in a statement ahead of the fifth anniversary of Ayla Reynolds' disappearance that the declaration is necessary to preserve the rights of Ayla's estate to "assert future civil claims'' to hold those responsible for her death accountable.

WATERVILLE, Maine - The father of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds has been arrested for drunken driving this month.
 
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says Justin DiPietro of Waterville was arrested on Nov. 6 after a traffic stop on U.S. 1.
 
Twenty-month-old Ayla was in DiPietro's care when he reported her missing on Dec. 17, 2011. Investigators who found blood inside the home concluded the child was a victim of foul play, but no one has been charged.
 
A phone number for DiPietro couldn't be located.