State police have declined to comment, other than to say they’re not giving up. Police planned to discuss the case at a news conference Friday.
It’s difficult for Reynolds to accept that Ayla may be dead, as police now believe.
In Alfred, Allen still thinks daily about her son. She wonders if he was taken by someone who wanted a child, or became a victim of a crime, or simply became lost in the woods.
She said she has a window into how Reynolds must feel.
‘‘Don’t tell me my boy is dead unless you have a body, because I don’t want to go there,’’ she said. ‘‘You don’t want to give up hope.’’
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