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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Elaina Steinfurth went missing in July, family, friends and the community have
gathered weekly at the house on Federal Street where she was last seen for a
vigils were usually held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but an additional vigil
was held Friday evening for everyone to come together after the latest
developments in the case.
press conference was held Friday morning, during which Toledo Police confirmed
that the human remains found in a box Thursday belonged to a small child.
members say even though this is not how they wanted their search to end, they
want closure now, and answers.
yesterday, I now feel we are moving to where we're going to get our answers,
quicker than what we thought," said Terry Steinfurth, Elaina's grandfather.
three months, everyone has been waiting to find Elaina, waiting to understand
what happened the day she went missing, and waiting for closure.
it ends up the way we think it's going to end up now, it's not the way we wanted
it to end," Steinfurth said. "But it will give us closure, and that's what we
executed a search warrant Thursday of 704 Federal Street, the last place Elaina
was seen. That's when they found the box in a nearby garage. Officials are
waiting on DNA results to confirm the identity of the body, but TPD Chief
Derrick Diggs said they believe it may have been Elaina.
a very hard thing, to look down that road and to know that we march around that
block every vigil, and know that she was right under our feet," said Ginger
Smith, Elaina's cousin. "She was right there all along."
vigil brought the largest crowd yet to Federal Street. Hundreds of people came
together and marched in honor of Elaina.
Toddler Elaina Steinfurth was missing for months before her remains were found in an east Toledo garage. Two people are charged in the case, as the rest of the family and community waits for justice.More >>
Toddler Elaina Steinfurth was missing for months before her remains were found in an east Toledo garage. Two people are charged in the case, as the rest of the family - and community - waits for justice.More >>