Police in Toledo, Ohio announced that human remains found on Sept. 5, 2013 in a garage will undergo DNA testing to determine if they are those of missing toddler Elaina Steinfurth, according to The Blade.
The remains were discovered in a computer box found in the rafters of a detached garage at the home where the missing child was last seen around three months ago. Police stated the building had been searched shortly after Elaina disappeared.
In a news conference Friday, Toledo Police Chief Derrick Diggs said, “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 be Baby Elaina.”
The Blade reports that Lucas County Dep. Coroner Dr. Diane Scala-Barnett has noted the remains are “so immature” that she is unable to determine the sex. She also said there will be no ruling on the cause and manner of death of the individual until the autopsy is complete, which also includes toxicology testing and an anthropological study.
Elaina, 18-months-old, went missing in June from a home owned by the family of her mother’s estranged boyfriend, according to The Blaze. On June 1, her mother, Angela Steinfurth, 25, spent the night in the home with her two children and her then-boyfriend, Steven King II, 23. The girl’s father, Terry Steinfurth II, 25, went to the home about 2 p.m. the next day to pick up the children, but did not see Elaina and was only given daughter Kylee, 4.
The Blaze reports that Angela told police she did not know where the little girl was.
Both Angela and King were charged with obstructing justice during the investigation and remain in jail.
DNA testing results on the remains found should be available next week, according to the report.