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Search Continues for Missing Toddler in Maine
10/05/2012 01:15 PM ET  

Authorities say another search for clues to the disappearance of Waterville tot Ayla Reynolds was launched today along the banks of Messalonskee Stream.

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) _ Maine state police and Waterville police have taken advantage of low water levels on Messalonskee Stream to search again for missing toddler Ayla Reynolds.

Steve McCausland from the Maine Department of Public Safety says the dam operator lowered the water levels for routine maintenance. He says detectives and officers used the opportunity Friday to walk along the riverbank, focusing on the North Bridge area, to look for any signs of the missing toddler.

Searchers didn't find anything.

Ayla was 20 months old when she was reported missing on Dec. 17 by her father, Justin DiPietro of Waterville, who had been caring for her. Police believe she's no longer alive.

Messalonskee Stream was searched twice previously. The river was nearly drained dry Dec. 21 and divers searched the stream in January.



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