I received an email from a supporter of this blog all the way in Georgia. It is heartwarming to know that Ayla has won the hearts of people all over the country. She wrote to give me some information on something I had overlooked before. It may not be relevant but it is very coincidental.
We know that Justin was taking classes to obtain his CDL. A person who pays for classes to obtain a CDL license obviously has an interest in Truck Driving. It can be a lucrative business but can also force a person to be away from home for days even weeks at a time. It is not an ideal job for a new father who is raising a child alone. Justin enrolled in classes before Ayla came to live with him and if Ayla were to remain in Trista's physical custody, it would a good job for Justin to have. He would be able to travel the United States while making money and be able to support his daughter. Many fathers do just that.
Why would Justin refuse to give Ayla back to Trista when she completed rehab only to have her "disappear" a few weeks later after procuring a life insurance policy on her? Many people who believe Justin is innocent claim that he got the policy because he was being a responsible father and that he didn't give Ayla back to Trista because he loved her so much he couldn't bear the thought of being without her. Where was Ayla going to be when Justin was dropping off and picking up loads across the country? Was she going to be burdened upon Elisha who already has a child of her own to care for by herself? Did he expect Phoebe, after raising three kids of her own and working a full time job was going to want to step in to parent Ayla? Why not just give her back to Trista? A responsible father would know that being on the road, sleeping in motels or truck stops is not an ideal life for a toddler.
I do not believe that the Life Insurance Policy has no bearing on this case, it fits into this puzzle somehow although we have yet to learn how exactly. Parents do not go out and get a sole policy for Life Insurance on a toddler without it being an add on to other policies. If Justin was concerned about Ayla, most parents would buy a policy for themselves and list their child as the beneficiary so that if something were to happen to Justin she would be provided for. The timing of the policy is also very suspect. You just take physical custody of a toddler, your first concerns should be furnishing a room for her, buying her items she is going to need, getting her on a schedule, getting her set up with a doctor and a dentist in your area, and most of all bonding with the child and making sure she is happy and secure in her new environment, if you don't intend on bringing the child back to her mother as agreed upon you may think about hiring an attorney, filing papers through the court for custody...
You may also be so excited to have your child that you love so much living with you and want to visit with friends and family members so they can meet your little bundle of joy, you may think about calling to see if there are any play groups in the area that your child can join so they can meet other children and socialize, you may think about enrolling them into a daycare program. You do not think about buying a life insurance policy on them. Unless, instead of worrying about getting your child situated in a new place and making sure she is cared for and adjusted, you are thinking about how this little bundle of joy can turn into a bundle of money. We know that Justin made sure to cease his child support payments to Trista right away and if Justin still owed back support to Trista that she was entitled to then we know that money was an important issue to Justin. How important? That is the million dollar question.
In order to become a Truck Driver, you need a truck. It is possible to get a job with a trucking company but with no experience and the increased demand for jobs right now, it makes it a lot harder. Many truck drivers have years of experience and many have also acquired special licenses for things such as hazardous waste to make them more desirable to companies. Those licenses require more classes and more money.
Interestingly enough, Because the trucks can cost upwards of $50,000, a suitable down payment would be around $25,000, coincidentally the Life Insurance Policy pays out around $25,000 in the event of Ayla's death. Did Justin start taking classes and realize that without a truck or more money he was probably not going to succeed in this venture? Did Justin get Ayla and see dollar signs and not only get the money he needed to buy a truck and start a business but also get rid of Trista and his tie to her and any future worry of paying out more child support?
It is a possible scenario and not one to be dismissed or scoffed at. Is it the answer to the question about Life Insurance? Did Phoebe unknowingly hint at it when she mentioned Justin taking CDL classes? Is it a possible motive for murder? People have killed for lesser reasons.
*Disclaimer-Since I am 99.9% positive that the angry anon comments are on their way, I want to remind you all that these are all just questions and speculation based on information gleaned from statements from the police and others involved in this case. This is only one possible scenario being questioned out of many. Before you start personally attacking me, I beg of you to first try to attack the information. If I am way off base, tell me why and state reasons, not the reason being because I am stupid or because I am a criminal or I am a bad mother. If you want to be taken seriously, then try to have an intelligent debate. I am in no way stating that the above scenario is fact nor am I starting rumors. I am looking at all angles and possibilities and in doing so providing a forum for people to gather and discuss the case.
Anyone with any information leading to the whereabouts of Ayla Reynolds is asked to please call 624-7076 or 680-4700. There is a $30,000 reward that is still unclaimed.