Petition seeks to speed up demolition of home where Baby Elaina was murdered
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:13:29 GMT —
An East Toledo man has started an online petition in the hopes of getting 704 Federal St., the home where 18-month-old Elaina Steinfurth was murdered and the location of the detached garage where he remains were found, torn down.
Dan Clay, a family friend of the Steinfurth's, created the "Tear Down All Property at 704 Federal Street, Toledo Ohio 43605" petition at GoPetition.com on Thursday.
Clay said, "The city told us months ago [the house] would be down by June, it still stands, is being vandalized even more and is pain to all of us that drive by there."
NBC24 reached out to City of Toledo spokesperson, Lisa Ward, for reaction on Thursday and was told "demolition is scheduled sometime after August when a new grant cycle of funding begins".
In February, the home where Baby Elaina was last seen was added to the Lucas County Land Bank's demolition list.
According to the Lucas County Treasurer's Office, the foreclosure process on the property was initiated because the owners owed more than $8,000 dollars in overdue taxes on the land.
Online records now list the owner as the Lucas County Land Reutilization Corporation but state that Steven Matthew King and Julie King were the previous owners of the property.
The couple's son, Steven W. King, and Baby Elaina's mother, Angela Mories Steinfurth, are both serving jail time for murdering the toddler at the Federal Street home last summer.
Clay, the creator of the online petition to level the property has been involved in the case since he created the Help FIND Elaina Steinfurth Facebook page.
The social media page was used to share information on the case, gather tips and organize events related to the toddler's 2013 disappearance.
A post on the new petition has already been posted to the page which has nearly 11,500 likes.