Baby Elaina: The remains of one-year-old toddler Elaina Steinfurth, missing since June, are thought to have been found in a garage of an East Toledo home, where a box containing “immature human remains” was removed by authorities Thursday.
In an update to the story, NBC 24 Toledo is reporting on Sept. 6 that Julie King, Steven King’s mother, told authorities that her son revealed the location of baby Elaina’s remains to them, which led to the discovery of the small box, covered in a tarp in the garage at 704 Federal Street in Toledo.
Steven King is the former resident of the home, and is the ex-boyfriend of Elaina's mother, Angela Steinfurth. King has long been suspected of being involved in the disappearance of baby Elaina. The home was owned by Steven’s mother Julie.
Although not officially confirmed, the remains are most likely those of Elaina’s, who was last seen in her Ohio home over three months ago.
“We wanted to find the body. We wanted to find that baby, which we did,” said Toledo Police Chief Derrick Diggs on Friday.
The Federal Street home was searched by Toledo police and the FBI no less than four times, but only the home was searched. Incredulously, the separate garage was never searched.
Police Detective Wes Bombrys was specifically asked if the garage was searched.
“We've conducted a couple search warrants at the house. Specifically, the garage, no. Obviously our investigation led us there yesterday,” Bombrys said at Friday’s press conference.
“We're not going to get into how many times we checked here, how many times we checked that,” Chief Diggs added.
Family members of Steven King said the police only went to the garage because he told them where to find the body. The remains were located in a small loft in the rafters of the garage, in a far corner behind garbage and boxes.
Police said it was too dangerous to send in cadaver dogs during the initial searches, but did not say why. A volunteer group told police that their cadaver dog got a hit on the garage. That lead was evidently never followed.
Elaina's father, T.J. Steinfurth, was reportedly “irate” at the details surrounding the discovery.
Steven King appeared at police headquarters on Wednesday, and likely worked out some sort of a plea deal that included revealing the location of Elaina’s body.