People still believe Justin is innocent. He has a loyal group of people who defend him on every blog, cite the constitution of the United States, insist he in innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, explain away every piece of evidence that points in his direction as unrelated, not relevant, a mistake, etc... Let's pretend for a moment that Justin is innocent, that these people are right and the majority of the people following this case are way off the mark. Let's play devil's advocate and see if it is possible that poor Justin has been falsely accused by the media and portrayed as a monster that he is not.
Justin gets Trista pregnant, does not know about Ayla until she is 7 months old and DHS requests he take a paternity test. He takes the paternity test is found to be the father and gladly sets up a payment arrangement with DHS to pay Trista any back child support he may owe.
Trista goes into rehab, Justin worried about his daughter, contacts DHS requesting that she go live with him so he knows she is cared for. He moves in with his mother to better care for Ayla, knowing she will be able to help him with questions and that it is a better environment than a bachelor pad with 4 other guys.
A week after Justin has Ayla, he buys a life insurance policy in case anything should happen to her so he can give her the proper funeral she deserves. He also files with DHS to cease his child support obligation to Trista so the money he was paying her can go directly to Ayla who is now in his care.
While carrying groceries into the house, he slips and falls on Ayla and oddly enough, she doesn't cry, her arm doesn't swell up or look disfigured. It isn't until the next day that he realizes that she may have broken her arm and rushes her to the emergency room.
Justin is worried someone is going to take Ayla and sends a text to Trista to voice his concerns. He doesn't know why, he doesn't owe anyone money, isn't involved in drugs, and has no enemies. He just gets a gut feeling, call it father's intuition. He does nothing about it.
Justin fails to bring Ayla to her doctor's appointment on the 12th, he forgot the appointment, mixed up the days, promptly calls and reschedules.
Justin has been home with Ayla for so long and needs a night out on the town, he leaves Ayla with his mother and sister and heads to Portland on the 14th. He is seen buying cigarettes at Cumberland Farms at 2am. He no longer is worried someone is going to take Ayla and feels she is safe with his mother and sister. He spends the night in Portland and decides the next day to move the rest of his belongings out of the apartment in Portland so they can move someone else in to help split the cost of rent.
Justin finally heads back to Waterville with his girlfriend and her son to spend some quality time with Ayla and get some time in with his girlfriend who goes to school, works, and singlehandedly raises her son. He doesn't get a lot of time with her because she is so busy and never makes time for herself.
Phoebe heads out to a sleepover at a girlfriend's house and lets the kids have their privacy. They watch movies, make a nice dinner for the kids, and put the kids down promptly at 8pm. Ayla sleeps in her own room because she prefers it that way while Elisha's daughter sleeps with her and Aiden sleeps in the basement bedroom with Justin and Courtney. Justin is no longer worried that someone is going to take Ayla, he thinks he was just being paranoid. No one checks to see if the doors or windows are locked, it is Maine. There is no crime here. The baby gate is securely placed at the top of the stairs, should Ayla wet the bed and wake up in the middle of the night looking for Daddy. It has been a long day, kids are a lot of work and everyone crashes. They are in such a deep sleep, they don't hear a thing.
At 8:40 am, they wake up and find Ayla missing. They don't know what to think and search high and low for her while Justin immediately calls 911. Suddenly he remembers his feeling that someone was going to take Ayla and now even has an idea who. They call no one else to report Ayla missing. The person at the methadone clinic only knows Ayla is missing before the police were called because they are psychic and had a dream about it the night before.
Justin tells Police all he knows EXCEPT who he thinks took her and why. He is scared if they find out they will kill her for sure. He is so depressed he does not talk to the media for two weeks or plea to the person who took her to bring her home. He does not search for Ayla with the other searchers because he knows Ayla is not there. Justin takes a lie detector test and is shown to be deceptive because he feels he knows who took Ayla but can't tell anyone. No one sends a ransom note or asks for anything in exchange for Ayla. They just want her for their own.
While Justin ponders over which movies to rent at Redbox, Ayla is still out there missing. He doesn't form a posse and start kicking in doors like Phoebe expects him to do. He just sits home and waits for Ayla to be returned by the person who took her. He does not trust Police enough to enlist their resources and authority. Phoebe is interviewed and says she was home the night Ayla went missing, wasn't the last to go to bed, doesn't remember if the windows or doors were locked and insists it was just a normal night, oh wait-I wasn't there. I forgot.
News of blood being found gets released, Phoebe claims she cut her foot while doing laundry, it could be anybody's blood, there were six people there that night (does that mean that the blood, in fact got there the night before Ayla went missing) Oh wait! Ayla had a small cut on her foot a while back. It was only 3 small drops, oh wait, 4 small drops. The luminol showed more? Someone attempted to clean it up? It was a bloody nose, it was not all Ayla's, it was old. Oh forget it, I am not commenting on the blood anymore. If there was anything there, do you think I would be standing here talking to you right now?
Phoebe and Elisha retain a lawyer who can assert their innocence claims. Justin and Lance are driving home from being out looking for Ayla and meet up with Elisha's daughter's father who is bad mouthing Ayla. Lance kicks him in the face but Justin who is so distraught over Ayla's disappearance is searching the backseats of cars as they drive by to see if Ayla is in one and doesn't see the fight between Lance and Justin Linnell. Lance doesn't feel like talking about it. He hates fighting and is ashamed of himself for stooping to such a low level.
2 months later and Ayla still isn't found, still no ransom note or request from the kidnappers. Justin still doesn't dare to talk to Law Enforcement and now refuses to talk to the media because they don't believe his claims of innocence. The public only twists what he says around. Instead, he waits by the window at the Tudela's watching and hoping this is the day the kidnapper is going to bring Ayla back to him.
Sound plausible? Sound like a father hell bent with the intent of finding his daughter? Someone who will put his daughter first despite what the public thinks of him? Who does whatever it takes to bring his daughter home? Who is doing everything he can to show the public, he is not who they think he is?
Justin, Elisha, Courtney, Phoebe, and most likely Lance know what happened to Ayla. If it was not an accident, if it was not cold blooded murder and it really was an abduction, why aren't they putting it all out on the table in hopes of finding Ayla and bringing her home alive? Why are they hiring attorneys, refusing to talk to the media, not being 100% truthful to law enforcement if they are genuinely innocent? Why isn't Justin out knocking on doors, looking for his daughter, especially if he thinks he knows who has her? Why isn't he calling that person out on national television and enlisting the help of AMW to track that person and Ayla down? Unfortunately, only Justin knows the answer to these questions and sadly, he is not talking.
*For those of you confused about the reference to the methadone clinic, a woman who transports clients to the Discovery House posted a comment on my first post that when she went into work that day there was already talk of Ayla being missing, well before Police were notified. The Police Blotter confirms that Police went there to interview people about this.
**I spent the last few hours scouring facebook posts and comment sections on MorningSentinel.com to find Heidi Tudela statement that Justin failed the poloygraph test because he knows who took Ayla, he also hinted at it during his first media interview. If Anyone can find the exchanges between Heidi Tudela and whomever it was she was talking to, I would be much obliged. I will continue to look. I believe it is on the Morning Sentinel page but was sure someone copied and pasted it onto a facebook page.