It was pretty dreary here in Maine for the last few days, freshly fallen snow covered the ground and the hopes that winter was receding to spring thaw were diminshed. Thankfully an old saying in Maine rang true "If you don't like the weather here, wait a minute, it will change" Today the sun is out and the snow is melting and since it doesn't seem likely that Justin or anyone else is going to run down to the Waterville Police Station and confess, we can only hope that the swelling rivers will reveal anything that someone has tried to hide or that once the ground is bare of snow, Ayla will be uncovered. With spring brings an abudance of outdoor activity, people hiking, fishing, walking their dogs, hopefully someone will come across a little angel whose father left her to the elements hoping to hide the evidence of what really transpired that night at 29 Violette Ave.
I had lost focus of my original idea for this blog, I started with the timeline of events and got off course before we discussed the altercation between Lance DiPietro and Justin Linnell and also the vandalism at Phoebe DiPietro's house. Were these events unrelated to the disappearance of Ayla? I am not so sure. There is no such thing as coincidence. It is human nature to create the most complicated rationale of simple cause and effect. Keep It Simple, Stupid. (K.I.S.S.)
On February 3rd, Phoebe DiPietro called 911 to report someone was throwing things through her windows. Police responded and with dogs, were able to follow the scent to Purington St. and then lost it. Many had speculated that this was a diversion tactic by the DiPietro's and that they had smashed the windows themselves or paid someone to do it to make it appear as though they were victims. Jeremy Hanson, 19 of Clinton was arrested on a charge of vandalism as was reported on Feb. 15th.
Massey said Hanson told police he broke the windows because he is frustrated over the toddler's disappearance and believes her father, Justin DiPietro, is withholding information from investigators.
"(Hanson) is basing this on information that he has been getting from Facebook pages. He's convinced Justin knows more about Ayla's disappearance than what he has told," Massey said.
Massey said investigators believe Hanson knew Justin DiPietro before the disappearance of Ayla, who was 20 months old when she was reported missing Dec. 17.
"There is a connection there," he said. "I'm not ready to classify it as friends, good friends or acquaintances, but he appears to have known Justin DiPietro."
Massey's statement makes me believe that this still quite possibly could have been orchestrated by the DiPietros. There is a connection between Justin and Jeremy and LE does not say they were rivals or enemies. I think Massey fed a little hint to the public there but many people missed it.
Another blog pointed out that Hanson had Linnells on his friends list on facebook and insinuated that the Linnells had a hand in the vandalism as well as the theory that Ayla was abducted by Justin Linnell by accident, he had meant to take his own daughter Gabby and took Ayla by mistake, they even went so far as posting side by side pictures of the cousins to try to prove a case of mistaken identity.
I do not think Justin Linnell had anything to do with the broken windows, he would have known his own child would have been in the house and would not have wanted her to be injured by flying shards of glass. Also if he was involved in the kidnapping, he likely would not want any attention from law enforcement. Also, if Justin mistakenly kidnapped the wrong toddler, what is he doing with Ayla? Why not drop her off at a church or hospital? Why keep her around? There has been no ransom letter or demands. What motive would he have for killing the innocent cousin to his own child? We all already know LE has ruled out an abduction so it really is fruitless to buy into these theories.
On February 7th, Lance DiPietro was arrested for assaulting Justin Linnell. Lance claims it was because Justin L. was talking badly about his family and he was forced to defend them. He went to the fight with a miniature bat, commonly used by truck drivers for protection. Lance outweighs Justin L. by at least 100 lbs., Lance claims he only wanted to confront Justin L.verbally and that things escalated quickly and turned physical.
There has been much speculation over what Justin L. could have said about the DiPietros that would result in Lance giving Justin a beat down. There has been rumors that Justin L. posted on his facebook page that Justin D. and Elisha commonly got the children to sleep by blowing marijuana smoke in their faces at night. A commenter on the new Lies blog claiming to be Selena Johnson, aunt of Justin and Elisha DiPietro, made some wild accusations towards Linnell last night, claiming he used to live with Elisha at 29 Violette Ave. and knew the layout of the house and things that went on there. That only furthers my belief that maybe Justin Linnell was telling the truth and that is why Lance felt the need to silence him.
Justin Linnell claims he was coming back from the court to ask that they move up his custody hearing for daughter Gabby in light of the recent events. He had reason to make such a request since many feel if there really were a kidnapping as the DiPietros claim, how does anyone know if Gabby is safe? Was that enough for Lance to retaliate? Maybe, but I think the accusations of marijuana being blown in the babies' faces in a more likely scenario.
Police have stated that the assault this incident was unrelated to Ayla's disappearance and anything relating it to Ayla's disappearance is pure speculation.
It certainly leaves enough to speculate on. Is there a connection? I do not believe in coincidence. Everything happens for a reason. What that reason is or was is still up for debate until the truth is known. Why in the midst of a child being missing would someone that is VERY close to the situation do something so reckless as to assault someone for words? What did Justin Linnell know that it was imperative for Lance to keep him quiet? I hope time will tell us.
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