Police confirm discovery of 'skeletal remains' near where baby Elaina last seen
Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:30:54 GMT —
The case of missing baby Elaina Steinfurth has taken another sad, and some would say unsurprising, turn as Toledo Police confirm the discovery of human remains near the home where the toddler was last seen.
Police addressed the media Friday morning, less than 24 hours after executing a search warrant at the east Toledo home of Steven King.
New information led them to execute a search warrant at the property Thursday afternoon. During that search, investigators were seen carrying a box out of a detached garage. On Friday, police confirmed the box contained "immature human skeletal remains."
Those remains, believed to be those of baby Elaina, have been turned over to the Lucas County Coroner's Office. "We've found what we believe may be baby Elaina," Toledo Police Chief Derrick Diggs said Friday.
Tests will be conducted through the weekend to confirm the identity of the remains.
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Police said Friday that they had made several searches of the Federal St. property in their search for Elaina; however, they never searched the garage. "We didn't drop the ball," said Chief Diggs when questioned as to why the discovery was not made earlier.
Investigators said the location was very tough to search. Cadaver dogs had been brought in prior to Thursday, but were not allowed to go in due to the condition of the property.
Chief Diggs reminded media Friday that the investigation is on-going and is still very active. "(There are) so many things we cannot discuss at this time."