The baby Elaina case was updated during a police press conference on Friday. Police gave more details on how they came to find the “immature human remains” in a garage that they had previously searched and found nothing. While it would stand to reason that these remains would be those of the missing baby Elaina, this will not be official until the coroner is through with the identification process, which is slated to continue through the weekend, according to the Toledo Blade on Sept. 6.
A DNA sample from the remains was sent to the state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the test results should be available early next week, according to a BCI spokesperson. The police are hoping to know the cause of death after the autopsy, but if the autopsy can't confirm how baby Elaina died, it could take weeks to determine. Besides the autopsy, a toxicology report and an anthropological study will be done in an attempt to find the official cause of death of the child.
The police will make the decision if one or both the people being held in this case, King and Elaina's mother, will be charged once the investigation is complete.
Toledo Police first searched the garage at the home of Elaina’s mother’s boyfriend, Steven King. The box was not there during the initial search. King has since moved out and it was a tip that brought police back to the home to search again.
It was during the latest search when the cardboard box containing immature human remains was found stuffed up in the eaves of the garage. Police Chief Derrick Diggs said during the press conference yesterday:
"We had a lot of deception taking place being told to us by a variety of sources in the community. The bottom line is we found what we believe may be Baby Elaina."
Elaina was first reported missing by her mother back in June. Angela Steinfurth, her four-year-old daughter Kylee and her 18-month-old toddler Elaina stayed overnight at Steven King's home, who was the mother's boyfriend at the time. The mother reported that when she woke up Elaina was gone.
Both Angela Steinfurth and Steven King remain behind bars today for obstructing justice for allegedly lying to the police during the investigation into the disappearance of Elaina. Police said they are still treating Elaina as a missing person until official identification of the remains found are identified. Although an assistant county prosecutor, Brad Smith, referred to the investigation as a homicide last month.
Angela Steinfurth's stepfather, Richard Schiewe, said that he knows the child's remains found in the garage were not there the entire time that Elaina has been missing. He believes after the initial search in this investigation someone put the box there.
Schiewe said he was with police searching for Elaina and that he and the police went through the garage. He knows the box was not in the place where it was found this week when the initial search took place. Police are saying the same thing, that the box was not there when they first searched the premises. A lot is riding on the autopsy that's expected to be released early next week.