The Lucas County Coroner has confirmed that human remains have been found in a box in the garage at the home of a missing toddler.
On Thursday, Toledo police executed a search warrant at 704 Federal Street in Toledo and found a cardboard box in the garage. Although the remains have not been positively identified, many believe it is the remains of Elaina Steinfurth.
In June, Terry Steinfurth came to his estranged wife's home on Federal Street to pick up Elaina for a visit. He stated Angela would not give the baby to him and left. He returned later to try again and at that point Angela said he could take Elaina, but when she returned from the bedroom she told him that Elaina was not there and someone had kidnapped her.
What is unusual about this new development is that usually in a case of a missing child, the house and grounds around the home are thoroughly checked by the police. Authorities realize that children can get in small areas and it is standard procedure to check everywhere inside and outside a home. A search is also conducted in the neighborhood where the child lives, including dumpsters and trash cans and even asking neighbors permission to check their sheds and backyards. It is hard to understand why the garage was not searched. If we assume it was, then why was the cardboard box not seen before. Is it possible the cardboard box was put there after the initial search?
Many people were at the scene of the discovery and were angry at the police when the cardboard box was found so long after Elaina disappeared.
"The Toledo Police botched this whole investigation. I tried working with them and do this and do that, trying to be fair with them and they botched the whole thing," Richard Schiewe, Elaina's grandfather told North West Ohio news.
Elaina's father, is composed in the video, but said he was "irate," but would not elaborate any further.
The police announced they will have a press conference on Friday.