Hope and prayer at vigil for baby Elaina

Hope continues to live at the corner of Federal and Leonard Streets, where those searching for missing toddler Elaina Steinfurth gathered to pray.

â??Bring Elaina Home,â?? is still the reason volunteers have spent nearly 40 days posting flyers, holding prayer vigils, and searching all over Toledo for Elaina. While the family waits for information about the case from police, T.J. Steinfurth says the family is trying new ways to get answers.

â??Weâ??re trying to take a little different approach as to what we have been,â?? said Steinfurth, Elainaâ??s father. He continued, â??Weâ??re just trying to give whoever knows something a guilt trip.â??

Some search volunteers have reached out to city council and the mayorâ??s office asking for more support from the city.

â??For them to come out and let these people know that the city is behind them, that the city cares, that the city cares what pain theyâ??re going through, I just think these people would feel better,â?? said search volunteer Deborah Leffler.

Toledo Public Information Officer Jen Sorgenfrei told WNWO â??The mayor is not able to attend,â?? when asked about Wednesdayâ??s prayer vigil.

Supporters concluded the vigil by chanting, â??Bring Elaina Homeâ?? around the block where the 19-month-old disappeared on June 2nd.

The search for Elaina will continue with help from the Michigan group Justice for Nevaeh throughout the week. Another prayer vigil will be held on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the corner of Federal and Leonard Streets.