It has been said before many times by Justin DiPietro's defenders that child abductions that take place in the middle of the night from the home are common. Statistics have been quoted (although they were incorrect, based on the circumstances of this case) that led readers to believe that this happens to about 2000 children a day on average. Unfortunately, cases of children who are reported missing from their beds in the middle of the night have become more prevalent in the recent years. Is there a rise in actual kidnappings or is it a rise in parents who kill their children accidentally or purposely and call to report a fake kidnapping instead of taking responsibility for their unforgivable actions?
I have seen all of the comparisons between Ayla's case and cases of other missing children. In my opinion Ayla's story is most like Lisa Irwin's case. The story given by the parents is almost exact. The ages of Lisa and Ayla were only about a year apart which put them in the same age bracket statistically. Although Lisa's blood was not reported to have been found in the home, a cadaver dog hit on a scent near the mother's bed. We don't know if a cadaver dog hit in DiPietro's house or not, that hasn't been released but we have been told that blood belonging to Ayla was found near his bed also. There have been no confirmed sightings of Lisa to date, nor any of Ayla. There is also the behavior of the parents to factor in, both have stopped working with LE, LE has publicly stated that they feel Ayla's father is not telling the truth and Lisa Irwin's mother claims LE told her the same thing. Justin and Deborah both have taken lie detector tests but both claim they were not told the results, both have retained attorneys. It is almost as if Deborah Bradley and Justin DiPietro purchased the same manual on how to report a fake kidnapping and get away with it.
Ayla Reynolds was not yet 2 years old when her father reported her missing. His claim was that someone entered the house in the middle of the night and took Ayla. There were no witnesses, there was no obvious point of entry and those in the home had no idea if they had left any windows or doors unlocked. Law Enforcement was quick to point out in a press conference early on that it was impossible for someone to have accessed the house by a window because they could not be opened from the outside. It was unlikely a member of the family left a window open since it was the middle of December.
Immediately Ed Smart went on television, begging and pleading with the kidnapper to bring his daughter home. The family started working with the Laura Recovery Center and thousands searched for days looking for any trace of Elizabeth and her captor. Police interviewed hundreds of possible suspects but because of the lack of any usable physical evidence the investigation was hindered. The Smarts continued to use the media and websites to keep Elizabeth name and face out there, they did everything they possibly could in order to bring their daughter home.
Justin DiPietro did not address the media or the "kidnapper" until 3 days after Ayla went missing and then when he finally did address the kidnapper it was in the form of a written statement. Justin did not speak again until Ayla had been missing for two weeks and again it was in the form of a written statement, this time read by LE during a press conference. Meanwhile, Ayla's mother, was talking to anyone who would allow her to, begging for her daughter back. She was ripped apart by the public for going to rehab, which led to Justin taking physical custody of Ayla but she did not back down. She kept Ayla's name and image in the spotlight. Justin finally went on camera to speak for Ayla on January 2nd. He announced that he was willing to do anything it takes to get Ayla home. He was also working with the Laura Recovery Center and that they advised him to talk to the media, he made excuses for not talking in the past by saying that LE had advised him not to talk to the media for fear of hindering the investigation and that he was emotionally incapable of speaking out for his daughter. LE denied ever telling Justin that and The Laura Recovery Center has confirmed that Justin never returned their calls. Trista and her family made themselves available online to answer questions from the media and the public. Justin has been in hiding and has his best friend's mother and her cousin, whom he hasn't seen since he was eight years old, speaking for him online in their top secret facebook page. His aunt Selena has taken up residence at a blog and has shed some light on the morality and ethics of his family.
Five days after Elizabeth Smart was abducted, her father took and passed a polygraph test. Law Enforcement stated that the family was being very cooperative even after LE scrutinized them.
Justin DiPietro took a polygraph and claimed he "smoked it", he then said LE did not show him the actual results so he did not know how he did. LE again refuted this claim and publicly stated that Justin was told his results and knows how he did. I was told by someone who knows Justin that He told them about the test right after he took it and that he had failed his test miserably. LE has repeatedly stated publicly that Justin and the others in the house that night are not being honest with them and more recently that they are not cooperating with LE. Justin of course has denied this, claiming that communication is a two way street and that LE will not give him any answers and that he has already told LE all he has to say. LE has publicly praised Trista Reynolds for all she is doing to keep Ayla's name and face out there.
Four months after Elizabeth Smart was abducted, there was a confirmed sighting of her in Lakeside, California. She ends up being found alive five months later and brought home to her family.
Ayla Reynolds has been gone almost five months, there have been no sightings of her, confirmed or otherwise since she was reported missing.
Elizabeth Smart was more of a stereotypical kidnapping. She was in the 12-14 age group which has the highest rate of being kidnapped, Ayla was atypical, if she was in fact kidnapped. Ages 6-11 are the second most commonly kidnapped ages. Infants up to 6 months of age come next. Children Ayla's age are almost never kidnapped by strangers and when the few that have been are, they are most commonly taken outside, whether playing in their neighborhoods or playgrounds.
Elizabeth Smart came from an affluent family, typically when children are kidnapped by strangers, it is because the kidnapper is looking for a ransom or the kidnapper was fixated on the child and wanted to keep her for themselves as in Elizabeth's case. Ayla's family is not wealthy. There was no ransom note and although it is possible that the perpetrator wanted to keep Ayla for himself/herself, usually that comes after they have had a chance to watch the child and become fixated on them. It has been reported by Ayla's neighbors that most of them were not even aware she was living there and she had only been living there a short time. It seems highly unlikely that this was the case. Children Ayla's age are most likely abducted by a family member or non custodial parent and although Trista Reynolds has not officially been ruled out as a suspect, LE have made it pretty clear that they do not view her as a suspect. In fact, they have made it pretty clear that there is no evidence to support that Ayla was even abducted at all.
Elizabeth Smart was put through hell in those nine months she was held captive, her parents were in agony and did what was necessary to get their daughter home and those efforts paid off. Justin DiPietro is no Ed Smart and if Ayla really was kidnapped as Justin claims, instead of comparing Elizabeth's ordeal to the stark reality of what probably happened to baby Ayla, Heidi should have shown Justin what a truly concerned parent does when their child has been abducted so maybe he could follow suit although there is no need to take examples from others when your pain is real and not an act. Justin's actions and the actions of those he surrounds himself with further validate my beliefs that Justin knows exactly what happened to Ayla Reynolds and she was not abducted so comparing the two cases are like comparing Apples to Oranges.
**Edited the article and added a link
Correction-LE did not publicly state they thought Deborah Bradley was lying, Deborah publicly stated that LE told her this. Also Deborah took a polygraph test and although LE did not tell the media she failed, Deborah told the media that LE informed her she failed. She says she was not allowed to see the results. This information just further backs up my comparison of Justin and Deborah. They both are thought to have failed the polygraph and both are quick to say that they have never seen the results.