"Contrary to some statements floating around out there, I have been in communication with Ayla's mother over the last couple of weeks," DiPietro said. "The Waterville police have transcripts from my phone for verification of those communications."
Massey said that 75 agents from the Waterville police department, Maine state police, Maine game warden service, and the FBI are searching for Ayla. The warden service have searched a river close to DiPietro's house, lowering the water level and conducting ground and aerial searches through the river bank. Agents also sifted through nearby Dumpsters and garbage cans, but the searches turned up nothing, he said.
The FBI conducted a door-to-door canvass of the neighborhood around DiPietro's home to ask neighbors if they had seen anything suspicious. Massey said the police department was following up on more than 100 leads that have come in to the department from the public.
Investigators are asking that anyone with information about Ayla please call the Waterville Police Department at 207-680-4700.