Nearly five months after she went missing, police said they might be closer to finding out what happened to missing toddler Ayla Reynolds. And while the police are not saying what "evidence" they found near the Kennebec River, it is not hard to worry about the worst for the missing 20-month-old.
The little girl disappeared on December 16 from her dad's house in Waterville, Maine and while there have been few signs of her, these latest findings suggest maybe they will find out what happened to the girl.
But the secrecy is scary. Why would cops not say what they found? That, coupled with Ayla's blood found in the basement of the home, makes it is easy to fear the worst.
In cases like these, we always hope for the child's loved ones that there will be some "closure." The pain that the family of missing 6-year-old Etan Patz who disappeared 33 years ago must deal with is unimaginable. Most parents say there could be nothing worse than having a child die. But there is something worse.
The limbo these parent and family members live with on a regular basis is hard to even imagine. Could my child still be a live? Is he or she suffering? How they can even go on is quite unimaginable.
So we hope for the parents and family that they get "closure." But is closure even possible for something like this? Even if Ayla is found and she is no longer alive, these parents and loved ones will suffer for the rest of their lives.
Police have already said they believe foul play was involved and that the three adults who saw Ayla last - her father Justin DiPietro, his girlfriend, Courtney Roberts, and sister Elisha DiPietro - aren't telling police all that they know. If they had something to do with the disappearance, her mother and grandparents will spend the rest of their lives feeling guilty.
No matter what the outcome, it does not look like this story will have a "happy ending." Missing children cases are always heartbreaking, but with one like this, it is hard to imagine whether it is better to know or not know.
There is no "closure." There is only pain and heartbreak.
Do you think Ayla will be found?