Bonnie has left a new comment on your post "What About The Blood?":
I could understand that a mother could believe her child if she is shown the proof her child is dead even if there is no body. Look at Sierra Lamar, LE says she is dead, and a man is getting a trial or got a trial for her murder, and still they have not recovered her body. (and there are other similar examples. Her parents believe she is dead and they don't love her less because of that. I perfectly believe you can think your child is dead if LE shows you the proof she is dead. But in this case, they have not declared she is dead -highly unlikely she is alive. So if they have "unequivocal" proof she is dead, why not declare her dead like in all those other situations ? Usually these situations don't drag on for so long.
Bonnie's comment on the blog yesterday got me thinking Why hasn't Ayla been declared dead if LE has what they deem enough evidence to prove she is no longer alive. What is the difference between stating she is deceased and stating it is highly unlikely she is alive? Many view the comment from LE to mean that she is in fact deceased. Others look at it as though it is highly unlikely, it is not definite and therefore a chance that Ayla is still alive and in that case, where is she? I am assuming both parents were shown the same evidence, Trista has accepted the fact that Ayla is gone and she has started the grieving process, I agree with Bonnie that it certainly doesn't mean that Trista loves Ayla any less or that she is wrong to accept what LE has told her. Justin firmly states that Ayla was abducted and he is innocent. Since we as the public weren't privy to what was shared in those meetings it leads us to believe one of two things depending on what your opinion of the case it. Either Police have enough evidence to prove Ayla died at 29 Violette Ave but have yet to bring charges or name any one person there that night or all three of them there that night as a suspect or person of interest OR there isn't really enough actual evidence to prove Ayla is dead or died in the house that night so maybe there is a possibility that she was abducted. Whichever you believe is your right and your interpretation of the events, it doesn't mean either one is wrong because as I have said many times and will say many more time, no one really knows what happened to Ayla at this point or else the case would be solved and we would be blogging about a trial.
Bonnie's comment got me looking into cases of other missing children particularly those that have either been declared dead or police have charged someone with their murder even though they have never been found and what key differences there are in their cases and in Ayla's case.
The case of Bianca Jones was the first case brought to my attention. Bianca's father claimed his car was carjacked with Bianca still strapped in her car seat. D'Andre Lane didn't call 911, instead called a friend who called 911. Lane's car was found 10 minutes later still running in an alley. There was no sign of Bianca.
Lane failed a polygraph test and police searched his home four times, he gave consent every time. A cadaver dog hit on a scent in a bedroom, reportedly Bianca's and also in the car, on a blanket, and her car seat. Police ended up charging Lane with Felony Murder and First Degree Child Abuse in Bianca's disappearance and was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. He maintains his innocence and Bianca has never been found.
In Ayla's case, Justin has claimed that he smoked the test but also that he was not given the results. LE said they didn't know why he would say that as he was given his results and he knows what they are. Although that isn't confirmation from LE that Justin failed his test it certainly leads one to assume that especially when paired with LE's statements that those in the house are not telling all they know.
Even though there have been rumors going around that a dog did hit on a scent in the shed at 29 Violette Ave. it has never been confirmed publicly by LE.
Another case where LE has announced their belief that the missing child is deceased is the case of Jhessye Shockley, who also has yet to be found. Initially Police said her mother Jerice Hunter was not a suspect or person of interest but that changed once they received new information. Police announced publicly that it was "Unlikely she is still alive" but changed the investigation to a homicide investigation at the same time. Police have not officially stated that Ayla's case has changed to a homicide investigation but have said that they feel she is the victim of foul play.
Almost a year after Jhessye was reported missing police charged Jerice Hunter with murder and child abuse. She is currently awaiting trial and maintains she is innocent. Like in the case of Bianca Jones, it was the siblings statements that led LE to charge Lane and Hunter. In Ayla's case, no one is talking and no one claims to know anything. Many believe that because there are so many people involved and were at the house the night Ayla went missing, it seems highly unlikely that they could all or would all remain silent for so long and it reinforces their belief that they are telling the truth.
The case of Rilya Wilson is another case where police brought charges against the suspected perpetrator and although the jury deadlocked on the murder charge, she was still found guilty of child abuse and neglect. Geralyn Graham was the guardian of Rilya and claimed a DCF worker came and took her, it wasn't until a year later that it was discovered she was missing. Graham and her partner failed lie detector tests multiple times but the prosecutors main witness against her was a former cellmate who claims Graham confessed to her that she had to kill Rilya because she didn't want to wear an angel costume on Halloween and wanted to go as Cleopatra instead so she must have the devil in her. Police announced early on in this case that they believed Rilya was a victim of foul play and were investigating her homicide.
There are major similarities to Ayla's case in the three cases above:
Police suspect foul play
Lie Detector tests failed
Police announce it is unlikely the child is still alive
In this case police have also said they believe that the three in the home are not telling all they know and that they do not think an abduction occurred so it leads me to wonder why have they not changed the case to a homicide investigation or declared Ayla dead? Is the evidence they have not strong enough? Do the police themselves have a shadow of a doubt that Ayla could still be alive or have been abducted? Wouldn't publicly changing the focus of the investigation and announcing Ayla dead change some the of public's perception of the case? Could it possibly prompt someone who may know something but not be sure because they believe Justin or Courtney or Elisha to come forward and tell police what they know even if it seems inconsequential?