Missing Maine toddler generates online discussions

DAVID SHARP Associated Press Published:

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Maine investigators have been mum about details of the disappearance of a toddler in December. But online there are discussions of timelines, blood evidence and theories over what may have happened to Ayla Reynolds.

Police say the websites, blogs and Facebook pages are helping to raise awareness of the youngster whose father reported her missing from his Waterville home on Dec. 17.

Jeff Hanson is the stepfather of Ayla's mother, Trista Reynolds. He says he created a pair of websites because he needed to do something constructive during the family's agonizing wait for answers. One of them, AylaReynolds.com, has received more than 1 million hits.

The family will celebrate Ayla's second birthday Wednesday with cake and balloons at Portland's Monument Square.