So, we know that parental abductions happen more frequently than stranger abductions and even though the majority of the time it is the father who is the abductor, it would be more statistically probable that if Ayla were abducted, she was abducted by a family member rather than a stranger. However, Ayla has been missing for approximately 5 months and has exceeded the time frame to when a child is most often found and returned to the custodial parent. In order for Trista to have taken Ayla and to have kept her this long undetected she would either have to be very smart or very lucky. If Trista would have taken Ayla and fled with her, I would be more inclined to buy into this theory. If that were the case, because in almost all parental abductions it is no mystery as to who has taken the child, we wouldn't be here discussing this case like we all are now.
There are a few people who have vocalized that we have it all wrong pointing the finger at the DiPietros. They are innocent. They think Trista did it because they don't like her or she went to rehab. She smiles too much, they can tell that Justin truly loves Ayla because he took her when Trista went to rehab. The DiPietros aren't guilty because buying a life insurance policy on a child shows they are responsible. The blood evidence doesn't mean anything if you tested my house with Luminol, you would find blood everywhere and so on and so forth. No one has ever presented a well thought out theory from start to finish that supports the "Trista Did It" theory. I have begged and implored those who disagree with the opinions of the contributors and commenters here to provide a theory of their own for discussion. If it was well thought out and based on statistics and facts, they may even sway some who are on the fence. They may even convert some who staunchly believe Justin is guilty. Why is it that not one person submitted a theory? Not only were no theories submitted here, I have not seen one complete theory submitted on any sites that believe Trista is guilty.
Reason like the ones above are superficial. The people who claim that they have life insurance on their child or know someone that does, did that person buy a policy only days after having that child come to live with them? Did that child go missing mysteriously in the middle of the night only weeks later? I don't think that Justin bought the life insurance policy with the intent to kill Ayla and cash in on it. I know many others feel differently. I can't comprehend someone being so evil that $25,000 was more important to them than their own flesh and blood. I believe Derek backdated the policy for Justin after Ayla's "demise" in order to help his friend out and in turn is knee deep in this whole mess now as is his family who knows what he did.
As far as Trista smiling too much, there are also plenty of pictures of Trista sobbing and crying real tears, how many pictures are there of the DiPietros crying? I have yet to see one and don't tell me the CNN video of Phoebe and her lies. She may have acted all choked up but not once did I see a tear expelled from her beady eyes. I also think Justin did truly love Ayla. I just cannot comprehend a parent not loving their child more than anything else in this world. I tend to believe that an accident happened and the family tried to do damage control, knowing there was nothing they could do to save Ayla, they instead covered for another loved one, this wouldn't be the first time this has happened. As for the blood, yes maybe some people's houses would have blood that was shed in it. Accidents that happen, bloody noses, rough housing between boys of similar ages, etc. but in those houses, how many incidents of bloodshed involved an 18 month old toddler? How many of those who lost blood then went on to mysteriously vanish without a trace? And most importantly, how many 18 month old toddlers who have a newly purchased life insurance policy out on them shed blood in their home and then disappeared shortly thereafter? Exactly.
Another reason people have voiced their disbelief that Justin, Elisha, Courtney and maybe even Phoebe are guilty is because they feel it is unlikely that 3 or 4 people could be in on this together without one of them cracking and telling the truth to LE either under pressure or in an attempt to save themselves. Well, if Trista is behind Ayla's disappearance it is very unlikely that she did this all on her own without any help from anyone and likely would have had help from an outside source, someone who is not related to her or an immediate family member in the least so why is it so unbelievable that 3 people who live in the same house, who are immediate family members and possibly the girlfriend of Justin who could be keeping the secret out of love or because she was the perpetrator or maybe she has no idea what really happened to Ayla, would cover for each other but not unbelievable when the same concept is applied to Trista abducting Ayla? A double standard or the result of no one fully thinking through the whole "Trista Did It" scenario?
I am going to apologize now because this is a long post and I know some of you hate it when the posts end up being novellas. This is actually the second time rewriting this post because I was trying to shorten it and ended up doing the opposite. I am going to lay forth a "scenario" placing blame on Trista using comments and theories I have read here and on other blogs. I do not think for one minute that Trista was born with the same super powers that apparently were bestowed upon her sister Jessica and that she was capable of pulling this off and tricking LE for as long as this case has gone on for. I actually hope that in reading this, some people who have continuously tried to lay blame at Trista's feet will rethink their position or maybe someone will come up with a whole different "Trista Did It" scenario, one that makes sense and we can work on getting Ayla back home to Justin. I believe that will happen probably around the same time that scientists genetically alter pigs so that they are born with wings, wings that can support their bodies and allow them to fly.
Trista decides while in rehab to allow Justin to take Ayla, she knows that for the time being that living with Justin would be placement for Ayla while she completes rehab. When she completes rehab she sees that Justin does not want to relinquish Ayla back to Trista, she is okay with this under the condition that she gets to see Ayla when she wants and have her for weekends etc. Justin agrees but then changes his mind for whatever reason. Trista then decides to snatch Ayla from Justin. To make things look good, she first files through the court for Parental Rights and Responsibilities. (Even if Trista was not awarded physical custody, there was no reason whatsoever that a judge would not mandate visits between Trista and Ayla. Trista had never been accused of abusing Ayla nor were there any protection from abuse orders out on her. It makes no sense that Trista would file for PR&R but fear she was not going to be allowed visitation so she took Ayla.)
The next day Trista decides this is going to be the day she takes Ayla. We do not know if Trista has a driver's license or not but we do know she does not own a car. In order for her to get to Waterville, which is 100 miles north of Portland, where she was and still living at the time, she needed to either borrow a car or have someone bring her to Waterville. Either of these options requires that another person is brought into this. It goes without saying that if someone drove her, they would know she was going to get Ayla, it would be pretty difficult to conceal that. There would also need to be a carseat in the car because driving on I-95 with a child not in one is likely to get you pulled over, especially at the tollbooth. If she borrowed a car, and even if she didn't tell the person where she was going, they would know based on the mileage when she returned the car and I am sure once the news hit the next day that Ayla had been taken from her home in Waterville the person would put two and two together. Whether or not they told authorities is one thing but it would be one more person that would know what Trista did and one more person that would be likely to tell someone else or even tell LE. If Trista were to take a bus into Waterville as some have speculated, once she got off in Waterville at J&S Oil, she would be caught on at least one if not more than one security cameras at the gas station, that location has at least 30 surveillance cameras, inside the store and outside. If she were to take a bus, she would still need to go somewhere once she had Ayla. If she went to the Fortier's home, she would be involving someone who is not her family and is no relation to Ayla. It is unknown how many people live in that home but since Robert and Trista drove to the prison to visit Ray Fortier the next morning and Ayla was not with them, someone else had to be watching her. Why is it so unbelievable that Justin, Elisha, Courtney, and Phoebe would be willing to keep this secret but expected that someone who has no familial ties to either Ayla or Trista would?
In order for Trista to even obtain Ayla, she would need to enter the DiPietro home without alerting anyone she was there and not leaving any evidence. Trista, who would be unfamiliar with the home since there is no evidence she has ever been inside of it, would have to enter the home not knowing where she was going or what Ayla's normal sleeping arrangements were. If she had been told previously that Gabby and Ayla shared a room, she would have reasonable expectations that they would be in a room together and have to know that if she woke Ayla and Ayla made a sound she was likely to alert Gabby as well who may cry and alert Elisha. Trista apparently got extremely lucky the night she decided to get a ride to Waterville and found that Ayla was not in the same room as Gabby. Since LE has said that it was impossible to open the window from the outside, one would have to assume that Trista entered the home through the door, searched rooms until she found Ayla, all the while maneuvering through the dark careful not to make any noises and even more cautious not to leave any hair or fibers from her clothing or debris from her shoes. She finds Ayla, picks her up without waking her and proceeds to climb over a table and out a window while not getting her clothes or hair caught on the frame or stuck on the glass or screen. She also had to make sure Ayla's hair and fibers from her clothing did not get caught as well because that would show that Ayla left through the window with someone and LE found no trace evidence from the window that would support an abduction. She then was able to find something stand on to shut the window, screen, and possibly a storm window if there was one. She did this while not drawing attention to herself from the neighbors and not waking Ayla. She then had to put whatever she stood on back or took it with her along with Ayla back to the waiting car.
After leaving the DiPietro's home, Trista would need to find a place for Ayla to go where she would not be found. Somewhere that LE would not be able to tie her to so there would be no fear of LE searching the home for Ayla. This person who took Ayla would have to be someone that was willing to go to jail for a long time for Trista. They would not be able to bring Ayla outside, they would not be able to have people in their home for any reason. If they had to leave the house for work or groceries, they would have to add another person into the mix that would be willing to babysit Ayla and risk going to jail for withholding the information regarding Ayla's whereabouts to LE. They would all have to be financially secure so that the reward money would not be a temptation for them to call LE and collect the $30,000 and give up Trista.
|Trista Reynolds by day|
Super Trista by night
Meanwhile, Trista would not have gained anything, she could never be seen with Ayla ever. She wouldn't be able to risk going to see her in case she was followed or spotted by a neighbor who became suspicious. Trista also has been able to outsmart LE who do not think she took Ayla. She has done numerous interviews and kept Ayla's name in the news even though it would be in her best interest to do what Justin is doing and hide out. She has managed to keep all focus off of her except for the geniuses at TTLOM and JSTL who are able to see through her manipulation. She has been able to brainwash LE, the media, and the public into thinking she is innocent and the DiPietro's are guilty. She tricked LE with her polygraph and made them comfortable with the results while not completing the test. She has even "planted" some of Ayla's things in the Kennebec River trying to implicate Justin in her disappearance. Her biggest accomplishment thus far is convincing the public that she is immature and naive when really she has an above normal IQ, in the super genius range actually, and masterminded this whole thing. She has succeeded in not being able to see Ayla anymore than she was able to while Ayla was with Justin. She has convinced many people to keep her secret even though they could go to jail for a long time for doing so. She has tricked the public into thinking she wants all donations sent to Lost N Missing but is really using reverse psychology and knows that people will donate to her directly. She is then going to use that $1000 that she has accumulated so far to pay off the people who have kept her secret and then use the money to flee the country with Ayla and Ray under assumed names and identities and start a new life in some random country.
Sound about right? Certainly sounds more plausible than Justin did it and those in the house that night are lying to protect him or that Elisha did and they are covering to protect her. The challenge is still on the table. Someone please give an alternate theory explaining why Trista did this, why she is continuing to lie to everyone, knowing that she will never be able to be seen with Ayla, let alone have her live with her. How she is managing to keep those involved quiet, how she has thwarted LE even the F.B.I. for this long when only 6% of children taken by parents are not found within the first 6 weeks? Please explain this to me and why you think this is the simplest explanation to Ayla's disappearance.
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