Loading…
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
CTY divers04p tfd driver A diver from the Toledo Fire Department finishes a search on the Maumee River.
A diver from the Toledo Fire Department finishes a search on the Maumee River.
THE BLADE/ANDY MORRISON Enlarge | Buy This Photo
Published: Thursday, 7/4/2013 - Updated: 1 year ago

Police search of Maumee River for tot finds nothing

Tests to examine hair for possible DNA

BY KELLY McLENDON
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Another search of the Mau-mee River for missing 18-month-old Elaina Steinfurth, who was last reported seen at an East Toledo home June 2, came up empty Wednesday.

The Toledo Fire and Rescue Department’s dive team and U.S. Coast Guard were searching after test results from the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation came back saying that hair snagged by a fisherman’s line over the weekend was human, Toledo police Sgt. Joe Heffernan said. If DNA can be extracted, forensic specialists might be able to make a match.

PHOTO GALLERY: Divers search Maumee River for missing girl

Family members wanted the river searched amid speculation that the hair could be that of the missing toddler.

“We’ve already checked, been up and down that river, numerous times,” Sergeant Heffernan said. “But that doesn’t mean we didn’t miss [something].”

An officer at the scene said she did not think authorities plan to search the area again today.

Elaina’s mother, Angela Steinfurth, remains in Lucas County jail in lieu of $100,000 bond on a charge of obstructing official business in the investigation into Elaina’s disappearance.



Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.

Related stories