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BORDERLAND: ELAINA STEINFURTH

DNA tests on possible missing toddler conclude

Results will be discussed with law enforcement, family before being released

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office released Monday to the Toledo Police Department results of DNA testing performed over the weekend on human remains found in a box at the residence where a toddler went missing three months before.

Those results were not released by TPD when they came in late Monday.

“The Toledo Police Department will release the findings of the DNA tests from the remains found at 704 Federal [St.] after discussing the results with the family and Prosecutor’s Office tomorrow,” Sgt. Joe Heffernan, a police spokesman, said in a statement.

The remains were found Thursday in a computer box in the rafters of a garage at the Federal Street address after police received a tip. It is the house where 18-month-old Elaina Steinfurth went missing June 2.

Her case is being labeled a homicide. Her mother, Angela Steinfurth, and her estranged boyfriend, Steven King, are in the Lucas County jail on charges of obstructing justice for allegedly lying to police during the investigation.

Authorities said the “immature remains” were too badly decomposed to determine the gender; the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation conducted testing over the weekend to try to determine the identity.

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