TOLEDO – Human remains found in the rafters of a garage are likely that of a toddler last seen about three months ago inside a house on the same property, police said Friday.
An autopsy conducted Friday was inconclusive, and DNA tests will be needed to determine whether the remains are of 19-month-old Elaina Steinfurth, a county coroner said. Investigators, though, were confident that what they feared was true.
We found what we believe may be baby Elaina, Toledo Police Chief Derrick Diggs said.
The home and the garage where the box was located belong to the family of a man who had been dating the girls mother.
Both the mother, Angela Steinfurth, and her now-estranged boyfriend, Steven King II, are in jail and accused of obstructing justice. No charges have been filed since the remains were discovered.
Officers searched both the home and the garage in the days after Elaina disappeared.
They went to back to the home Thursday and removed the box with the remains, just hours after King appeared in court at a hearing where his trial date was scheduled.
Angela Steinfurths stepfather, Richard Schiewe, said the box was not in the garage the day after the little girl was reported missing. That body was not in the rafters, he said Friday.