Maine town holds candlelight vigil for missing tot

December 22, 2011 - 2:35 AM
Missing Toddler

This undated photo obtained from a facebook page shows missing toddler Alya Reynolds. Police in Maine are appealing to the public for help in locating the 20-month-old girl who was last seen Friday night. Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey held a news conference this afternoon to ask anyone with information about Ayla Reynolds to call police. Ayla's father called police yesterday morning to report that his daughter was not in her bed and couldn't be found. She was last seen sleeping at about 10 p.m. Friday by a family member. (AP Photo/obtained from Facebook)

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — More than 60 people gathered in a Maine church in a candlelight vigil for a toddler who has been missing for nearly a week.

Many of those who attended the service Wednesday evening for Ayla Reynolds were mothers with young children. Participants prayed, sang hymns and offered searchers encouragement.

Cori Cote held her 16-month-old daughter before the vigil in Waterville and said she wants to support the missing girl's family.

She says "I couldn't imagine losing my little girl" and wants Ayla back safe.

Authorities are searching streams, ponds and rivers and expanding their search area farther from the home of Ayla's father.

He reported her missing Saturday after putting her to bed Friday night.