Day 45: Baby Elaina's family still hopeful but scaling back search for missing girl
Thu, 18 Jul 2013 04:04:10 GMT —
45 days after authorities, family and volunteers started searching for 18-month-old Elaina Steinfurth, her father has announced his family will scale back their civilian efforts to find her.
"Obviously I still have high hopes she is going to come home safe... Right now, I just got to take a step back and make sure my other daughter is getting the help she needs and getting through everything...I'm just trying to have somewhat of a normal life" Elaina's father T.J. Steinfurth said at a candlelight vigil on Wednesday night.
Elaina's adult cousin, Ginger Smith, added that Elaina's family has now moved into what they are calling the "recovery stage" of their efforts to find baby Elaina.
"We have searched every possibility...but if we get a tip we wont stop...We're just searching the same places over and over," Smith said.
The family says that searches will still take place twice a week and volunteers will continue posting flyers, with the toddler's picture and information, between 3 and 4 times a week.
A decision has also been made to keep their command post at the corner of Federal and Leonard in East Toledo.
Elaina's father says economic hardship also played a role in his family's decision to scale back search efforts.
"As you can imagine the financial strain grows greater everyday," T.J. Steinfurth said.
If you'd like to help the Steinfurth family they have an account at PNC, donations can be made at any bank branch under the name "Bring Elaina Home".