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.
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.
here will also be another vigil and march on Sunday September 8th outside the Lucas County courthouse that begins at 3:00pm.