It's been three long months with no sign of missing toddler Elaina Steinfurth, but the vigils praying for her return continue.
In their 3 month history, the vigils have become a common sight in the east Toledo neighborhood where the toddler vanished.
The reality of a missing child is the inspiration that brings people from relatives to community members to gather in an empty lot at Federal and Leonard Streets in east Toledo twice a week, every week, since June.
Another reality remains. Someone knows what happened to baby Elaina. A lot of people like the toddlers grandfather, Terry Steinfurth, Sr., believe Elaina's mother Angela Steinfurth and ex-boyfriend Steven King have the answers to what happened to Elaina, "one of the them has to know something, you think by now myself, I would not want to sit in jail for something I didn't do and if I didn't do it, I'd be talking to get myself out."
Family members say, the vigils will continue so people don't forget about her, "to forget, it doesn't make sense to me, it's a child, an innocent child," explains T.J. Steinfurth, Elaina's father.
A s time passes on , one would think hopes for a happy ending would fade, until you talk to Elaina's family, "you know, don't give up hope. I haven't given up hope. I'm not going to give up hope," says Richard Schiewe, Elaina's grandfather and Angela Steinfurth's stepfather.
T here will also be another vigil and march on Sunday September 8th outside the Lucas County courthouse that begins at 3:00pm.