First I'd like to start off by addressing some concerns a few people have put forward:
1. the "maybe if Katie can't keep up with this blog she should hand it off to someone else" comment...
....... I have spent the last week or so pouring over interviews, articles, other blogs... trying to find the most truthful source to some of the information that has been put forward. Guess what? With all the changes, I have had an awful hard time with this - even with help. And this is just in my spare time. Not only do I have two small children, but I work and go to school. So yes, I have limited time to do this work, but I am fully committed to Ayla and this cause. So please, don't assume I just can't keep up.
2. Jeff's posting privileges.
..... Jeff is the only source we have right now that is more than willing to come forward and open their mouth. So we are taking it. Yes, an olive branch has been extended to the entire paternal family. Some of the responses I got were "I have nothing to add to what you have to say at this time" and "I've said all I need to say right now". So I am respecting that and not pushing, but they know that I am here and willing to assist them in getting their words out.
3. Tori's apologies.
..... Tori has apologized to A LOT of people lately. And guess what? The reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. This has a lot to do with the way this collaboration will work. Thankfully, we've all been able to set aside our differences for the greater cause here - Ayla Bell Reynolds.
Now for the real stuff.
Apparently LE is not sharing the same information with both families. There would be no reason that the paternal family would stand by their claim that Ayla was taken from their home if LE had showed them the same photos and evidence that Trista has seen. If this is truly some sort of sick tactic by MSP, I am unimpressed personally, because if there is that small chance Ayla is still alive, why make her mother believe she is dead?!?! That is pure torture, even if Trista was involved somehow in the removal/hiding of Ayla.
I'm not convinced that Trista was involved. We have talked on numerous occasions, and though she does have her fair share of issues, I am not 100% convinced. And neither is TLLOM. Some individuals may think differently, but the original members of TLLOM don't believe this. They may not think very highly of Trista (just as her family doesn't feel warm and fuzzy about Justin) but they do not think she was involved.
So what do I think happened to Ayla Bell Reynolds?
My mind has floated between a few different scenarios. Originally, I always contended that Ayla was alive and no one in the home was responsible for her disappearance. I still believe the second half, but there are days where I am not 100% certain of the first. The first time I actually thought this was just a few months ago. I wondered why both Trista and LE were SO focused on the river here in Waterville, but I also in the back of my head heard LE saying "We were searching it because of it's proximity to the Violette Ave home". If Ayla wasn't taken to be kept somewhere else forever, then why was she taken? There are plenty of sick, crazy people everywhere these days. Could there possibly be someone out there who took Ayla for that purpose? To have her and then get rid of her? I just don't understand that.
There are some ideas I have that I cannot share right now. But I hope, like Jeff, to be able to share them in the future. Jeff isn't the only person here who has gotten information they are unsure of what to do with and unsure of it's validity. But I promise you all that as soon as I am comfortable with the source and words, I will be sharing.