WATERVILLE, Maine (Isabelle Zehnder reporting) – The story of missing Maine toddler, Ayla Reynolds, will air on America’s Most Wanted for the second week in a row.
The show will air at 9 p.m. on the Lifetime Channel. Host John Walsh, whose son Adam was abducted then murdered in 1981, will address a national audience with an update on the investigation into Ayla’s disappearance.
“It is extremely troubling that Ayla has been missing for almost two weeks and that someone is holding back an important nugget to help bring her home to her family,” Walsh said Wednesday in a prepared statement.
He said last week’s show generated new leads for investigators. Police said after the show aired, and after investigators and the community offered a $30,000 reward, they received about 100 new tips and leads.
Although the show’s main focus is hunting fugitives, the show’s producer, Michelle Sigona, said they devote time to missing persons’ cases and her staff decided the case is appropriate for “America’s Most Wanted.”
“It’s about engaging with an audience,” Sigona said. “It’s about pulling on the heartstrings of that person who knows something about the case and encouraging them to call us.”
For those wishing to leave tips, the show maintains an anonymous tip line at (800) Crime-TV.
About Ayla’s disappearance:
Ayla Bell Reynolds was born April 4, 2010, and has been missing since Dec. 16, 2011, from Waterville, Maine. She is 20 months old and was last seen wearing a green one-piece pajama with polka-dots and the words “Daddy’s Princess” written on them.
She is 2’9” tall and weighs approximately 30 pounds. Ayla’s left arm is in a sling and soft splint. She has short, thin blonde hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information about her disappearance or whereabouts is asked to call Waterville Police at 207-680-4700.
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