Police, family, friends and volunteers have continuously searched for 18-month-old Elaina Steinfurth, who went missing from her Toledo home three months ago. The case is now being investigated as a homicide after police confirmed on Friday, September 6, 2013, that a box found in a garage contained "immature human skeletal remains," according to WNWO.
A search warrant was executed after receiving a tip that led investigators back to the home where the toddler was last seen. The home belongs to Steven King, the now ex-boyfriend of Angela Steinfurth, baby Elaina's mother on Thursday afternoon. The remains were found in a computer box in King's detached garage.
At a press conference held Friday morning reporters asked if the garage had been searched before, and even suggested that the Toledo Police Department "dropped the ball."
Sheriff Derrick Diggs said they did not "drop the ball" but could not give all the details right now.
"We wanted to find a body, we wanted to find that baby....which we did," said Sheriff Diggs.
Elaina's mother had initially claimed that she was taking a nap with her and when she woke up the toddler was missing. Her story changed several times and she was arrested within two weeks of Elaina's disappearance for child endangerment and obstructing justice. Shortly after her arrest, King was arrested with felony obstruction of justice.
While they believe the remains are baby Elaina's, a positive identification can not be given until the Lucas County Coroner performs an autopsy.
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