Ever since Phoebe's infamous interview where she outwardly lied to the media and the public about the events that transpired the night Ayla was last seen, I have vocalized my opinion that Phoebe is involved in Ayla's disappearance and the events leading up to Ayla's disappearance more than than the DiPietros have let on.
On a CNN interview Phoebe mislead the reporter as well as the public by inferring she was home the night Ayla went missing.
Sitting in her living room, steps away from Ayla's bedroom, DiPietro said she heard nothing while she slept that night. She wasn't the last one to go to bed that night and wasn't sure whether the doors were locked. She and her son suspect the child was abducted
"I can tell you there was not a party here at the house. Just beyond that, I can't answer any questions." She says her son put Ayla to bed every night.
DiPietro says it was her son Justin (Ayla's father) who told her Ayla was missing. She would not say what time, where she was when she heard or elaborate
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The next day Phoebe attempted to set the record straight.
Ayla's grandmother, Phoebe DiPietro, who first spoke exclusively with CNN on Friday, said she now wants to clarify a detail about her interview.
DiPietro now tells CNN she was not among the adults at the home from which Ayla disappeared that night but instead was at another location that she wouldn't publicly disclose
She said she didn't specify that she wasn't home that night in her initial CNN interview because she was trying to follow the directions of police, who have instructed her not to discuss details about the night Ayla disappeared
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Phoebe intentionally mislead the public in an attempt to protect her son, if her son was innocent he would not need to be lied for. For many of us, that was our first real glimpse into the kind of person Phoebe DiPietro is.
I believe Phoebe wasn't exactly lying when she gave her initial interview. I do not believe Ayla went missing on the night of the 16th and I think that Phoebe was home the night that something happened to Ayla but because the story would look more believable with one less adult there that night Phoebe was asked to go somewhere else the night that they were going to say Ayla was abducted. Phoebe could honestly say there was no party there that night and that it was a regular night because they had all planned it that way and she knew beforehand what was going to be required of her. I believe Phoebe may even have been in on the planning and would do whatever necessary to protect her perfect children even lie for them to cover up the murder of one of their own.
From witness reports and accounts from people who claim to know Phoebe and the rest of the DiPietros, they say Phoebe has her own history of alcohol and drug abuse and has left the kids to fend for themselves many times throughout the years in order to go party. It has been reported that all three children have different fathers and not one of them are involved in their children's lives. We do know that Phoebe has never been married or if she has been her and the children have all retained her maiden name. People who know the family also report that the kids were bullies and troublemakers in school and Phoebe was the first to deflect blame off of them and onto anyone else they could. That seems to coincide with the pattern of behavior that is going on now with blaming first a nameless person, then Justin Linnell, and now Trista for being responsible for taking Ayla.
Phoebe's sister, Selena Johnson, has commented on this site and other sites in defense of her sister saying she is an extraordinary woman who put herself through school and singlehandedly raised three children on her own and even bought and paid for her home all on her own. According to online records readers have been able to ascertain that Phoebe is an employee of the state of Maine and is listed as a department supervisor with the Dept.of Waste Management. We were also able to see that she appears to own not one but two homes, the other being in Belgrade, Maine.
Selena apparently is seeing a different person than the public is seeing. Phoebe has come off callous at times, complaining more about the inconvenience of the police taking over her house for two weeks and then when releasing it to her it was destroyed. She admits she only made it to Portland one time to meet her granddaughter. When the story came out about how Ayla broke her arm, it was Phoebe who told Justin not to bring her to the ER and was more worried about Justin possibly re-breaking his wrist than Ayla breaking her arm. It was Phoebe and Elisha that hired an attorney relatively quickly given the fact that Ayla was reported missing a week before the holidays started. Why the need to hire an attorney if you are innocent and why isn't that attorney also representing Justin? Is it because it is a conflict of interest and an attorney cannot represent all of them if defending one of them will implicate another? I wouldn't be surprised. I had initially thought that maybe Elisha was responsible for Ayla when Ayla had an accident and they all covered it up. That theory no longer seems plausible with the release of the blood information from www.answersforayla.com. If Elisha was responsible why was over a cupful of Ayla's blood found by Justin's bed?
If Phoebe expects us to believe that she is a doting grandmother and would give all she owned if Ayla would just be brought home, why has she refused interviews and directed all requests to her attorney? If her attorney believes she is innocent why wouldn't he advise her to speak to the public as much as possible and plead to the kidnappers to return Ayla home safely? I believe Phoebe is a doting grandmother to Gabby but I don't buy it with Ayla. Getting Ayla was solely so Justin could reap the benefit of her by ceasing child support payments and to collect as much money as possible for her.
Phoebe knows enough about the system and how it operates to know that if Justin was going to be stuck supporting Ayla by paying child support he would never get ahead in life but with Ayla he could milk the system and make a decent payday. Many suspect Phoebe had a hand in persuading Justin to take physical custody of Ayla while Trista was in rehab. It has been reported that Phoebe accompanied Justin to Lewiston to retrieve Ayla and that it was Phoebe that Karen Small gave Jessica Reynold's address to. I would think that DHS releasing information such as someone's physical address would be against DHS policies. If Phoebe was not who she claimed to be over the phone and instead was someone meaning to harm Jessica, DHS could have been putting Jessica's life in danger. Many have speculated that Karen Small and Phoebe actually are related or close friends, although I have not been able to provide proof of that, it could be that Karen Small abused her power in DHS to facilitate Justin taking custody of Ayla and may have advised Phoebe that Justin did have every right to take Ayla in the situation that her mother could not. I don't dispute that Justin was entitled to take Ayla by law, however the circumstances about how that change of physical custody took place and the events that happened afterwards are extremely suspect to say the least. It was upon agreement by all parties that if Justin did not return Ayla to her mother, the only person she had lived with and known since birth, that consequences would arise. When Trista reported that Justin reneged on his end of the agreement, DHS working through the order of Karen Small, did nothing. They refused to help Trista to regain custody of Ayla even though according to the Reynolds, they promised to do just that.
Why was it so important to Phoebe that Justin keep Ayla? Could that extra money really be worth all of the effort? Phoebe had to know Justin probably wasn't going to contribute to the household bills, especially if he had a drug problem so for Phoebe it was going to mean that he was back living in her basement, more mouths to feed, higher oil and electricity bills, a responsibility that she was going to have to help raise another child while already helping Elisha raise Gabby and raising three of her own. She had to know that Justin had no idea on how to take care of a baby, most single guys his age don't. If she cared so much for Ayla why wouldn't she point out that the best thing for everyone involved was to keep Ayla with her mother and suggest Justin play a bigger role in her life?
And where was Phoebe the night Ayla went missing? There have been rumors that she was seeing a woman and did not want her sexual orientation brought to light. I don't know if that is true nor do I care if she is a lesbian. I have my suspicions that she was actually still on Violette Ave. visiting a neighbor whose own wife was working the overnight shift. Is that why Phoebe is so determined to keep the whereabouts of that night unknown? She doesn't want it to come to light that she was having sleepovers with an married man whose wife is also her friend? If that is true, it certainly doesn't coincide with Selena's portrayal of Phoebe being mother of the year.
Phoebe where is Ayla? What did Justin do to her? Show Gabby the importance of taking responsibility for your actions and do the right thing, do it for Ayla. Everyone knows you know what happened to her including law enforcement and you can make this situation right. Stop protecting your children, in doing so, you are going to possibly lose your home, your job, your freedom, your reputation, and any dignity you may have left. This is not going to be swept under the rug. Ayla is not going to be forgotten, you can't protect your children this time. In the end the truth will come out. Why not end this whole thing and tell the truth now?