Community holds vigil for missing baby
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 03:43:47 GMT —
It has been days since 1-year-old Elaina Steinfurth was last seen on Sunday. As the search for the little girl continues, her family, their friends and neighbors held a candle-light vigil to show their support.
â??I need all the support that I can get to bring her home. Anything to keep me comfortable and from losing my mind,â?? said Angela Steinfurth, Elainaâ??s mother.
Over a hundred people gathered in the East Toledo neighborhood, near the home where Elaina was last seen on Sunday. A local pastor led the ceremony in prayer, asking to keep hope alive for Elainaâ??s safe return. Tears accompanied the glowing flames from candles, as concern grows with each passing day.
â??We are all high strung here, weâ??re trying not to be, weâ??re trying to keep good hopes up,â?? said Terry Steinfurth, Sr., Elainaâ??s grandfather. He added, â??Whoever has this baby, please bring her home.â??
Supportive neighbors say theyâ??ve spent countless hours assisting with the search for Elaina.
â??Iâ??ve been passing out flyers and looking through things, trash cans and stuff to help out with bringing her home safely,â?? said neighbor Sherry Gorney. She continued, â??Being a mom of ten of my own, itâ??s a remarkable feeling with all this support, itâ??s exactly what the family needs right now.â??
Although grateful for the outpouring of support, Angela Steinfurth told WNWO she feels some have unfairly placed suspicion on her in Elainaâ??s disappearance.
â??If I had their support I wouldnâ??t feel the way I do, but not when people are pointing fingers at me when they donâ??t even know whatâ??s going on,â?? said Steinfurth. She continued, â??Iâ??ve been shaking for the last three days and I just want my baby home.â??
Anyone with information on the disappearance of Elaina Steinfurth should call CrimeStopper at 419-255-1111.