From early on in this case, maybe even before Briana Robert's drug arrest, there have been rumors floating around that Ayla could have died as a result of a drug overdose from ingesting drugs in the house. There have been comments from people claiming there was a "bath salts party" at the house the night Ayla reported missing and that Justin was a street level dealer. There has even been speculation following Chelsea Hoffman's interview with Trista and her claim that Justin barricaded himself in the bathroom before police arrived that morning because he was flushing drugs. When the retracted report that Justin and Derek travelled to Portland the morning Ayla was reported missing it was to dispose of drugs before calling police to report Ayla missing.
Early on I dismissed the drug theories. The only tie to drugs on the side of the paternal family was that after Ayla was reported missing, Justin's girlfriend's sister was arrested with a substantial amount of drugs. I don't believe her arrest was a coincidence. I think that LE was made aware of the drug dealing out of the house while investigating Ayla's disappearance but to assume Justin was involved with drugs because of this is farfetched. If my brother's girlfriend used and sold drugs why would that mean I was involved with drugs in any way, shape or form?
There is no verified evidence that ties Justin to drugs. No previous drug arrests or any arrests for that matter and it doesn't seem likely that he could go for his CDL and not be drug tested at some point. Why shell out money for a course if it was unlikely you would be hired anywhere because you failed a drug screen?
When I reopened this blog, I wanted to create a place where both sides could express their opinions and theories and ask questions and I wanted to remain as objective as possible but what I think happened to Ayla really hasn't changed much, what has changed is my willingness to be tolerant of other's opinions and to stop breeding hate and alienating those who want to help find out what happened to Ayla. I also do not want rumors to be confused as fact and hearsay to be taken as gospel. With that being said, many have decided what they believe and what they don't believe and just as many are on the fence and don't know what to believe yet. Even though objectively what Jeff says is hearsay, I chose to believe what he says or at least I believe he believes what he has reported to be true if he hasn't heard it directly from MSP himself.
With the news of Trista meeting with MSP and shown evidence of what McCausland stated as information a mother should know I got the impression that MSP were sympathetic to Trista. As Jeff stated, Trista was shown items she could not identify as Ayla's but was also shown many photographs of evidence that presumably is what lead MSP to conclude that it is unlikely Ayla will be found alive. It is my belief that the evidence shown to Trista were photographs of places where Ayla's blood was found. If this assumption is correct, blood must have been found in numerous places in the home since Jeff said Trista was shown 30-40 pictures. What bothers me is IF over a cup of blood was found, how much blood was on the pajamas she was wearing and the rags used to clean up the blood that was found using luminol because it was not visible to the naked eye?
IF there was that much blood and the reports from Jeff are to be believed then either Ayla was bleeding quite heavily from a cut or injury externally or from some type of internal injury. If Ayla ingested drugs, they would not cause her to bleed externally unless some sort of trauma followed after she ingested them like for example falling down the stairs. If the blood was a result of internal bleeding it is unlikely that it was from a drug overdose although you can bleed internally from drug poisoning it usually happens over a period of time and unless someone was spoon feeding her drugs for every day she lived with Justin it isn't likely that she would have internal bleeding from drug poisoning. Actually internal bleeding in children is most likely caused by trauma. So if Ayla did get injured in the home that night and it was fatal, I find it hard to believe that it was because of drugs and unfortunately more likely that it was because of some sort of trauma whether accidental or intentional.
All of this is however speculation based off information given from one side of the equation, since LE has never verified the amount of the blood or conclusively said that Ayla is deceased there really is no way of knowing what happened to her and how much of the information we receive secondhand is accurate or not. We can only go with what we hear and what we tend to believe. I tend to believe Jeff because I have had numerous conversations with him and I trust him. I have never been able to talk to Justin or Phoebe or anyone directly involved from the paternal side but many who comment here have and they trust them and believe their version and because LE has given us so little to go on we have no definitive way to know who is right and who is wrong.
There is much regarding this case that I still question and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think and rethink what I know or think I know. In conclusion though, I do not buy into the drug theories and think that since Ayla's blood likely would have been tested when found that they would have tested it for drugs and up until this point I have not heard mention from LE or from the maternal family that drugs were found in her blood that was found whether it be more than a cupful of blood or more blood than a small cut would produce.