Hunters urged to look for signs of missing toddler

With thousands of deer hunters getting ready to head into the woods in the coming weeks, an interesting Associated Press story caught my eye this morning.

A group of people who are eager to solve the mystery involving missing toddler Ayla Reynolds are hoping that hunters will keep their eyes peeled for clues.

The approach makes sense: Hunters spend a lot of time off the beaten paths, and human remains have been found by hunters in the state’s forests in the past.

The state’s Youth Deer Day will be held on Saturday and residents-only day is Oct. 27. The firearms season on deer runs through Nov. 24.

If you come across anything that you think might be related to the case, take note of where you found the potential evidence and pass it along to proper authorities.

Here’s the AP news brief with more information:

Hunting season brings hope in missing toddler case 

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — The start of hunting season has some hopeful that hunters walking through Maine woods will find signs of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds.

The little girl was reported missing from her father’s house in December 2011. Police believe she’s dead.

But followers of a website devoted to finding answers about her disappearance, including some who hope she’s alive, say hunters could help.

John Pomerleau, administrator of the United for Ayla website, tells the Kennebuc Journal ( that he and others will try to catch hunters’ attention by distributing posters about Ayla at locations including gun clubs and hunter licensing offices.

He said they’ll also post them at game weigh-in stations and breakfast diners.

A Department of Public Safety spokesman said there are no new developments in the case, but the investigation remains active.

Here’s hoping someone finds something that can help solve this case.




John Holyoke

About John Holyoke

John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. Today, he's the Outdoors editor for the BDN, a job that allows him to meet up with Maine outdoors enthusiasts in their natural habitat. The stories he gathers provide fodder for his columns, and this blog.