'We found what we believe may be baby Elaina' says TPD Chief Dig - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

breaking

'We found what we believe may be baby Elaina' says TPD Chief Diggs

Baby Elaina has been missing since June 2, 2013. Baby Elaina has been missing since June 2, 2013.
704 Federal Street is where Elaina was last seen. 704 Federal Street is where Elaina was last seen.
Steven King has been charged with obstruction of justice. His trial was scheduled to start Sept. 16. Steven King has been charged with obstruction of justice. His trial was scheduled to start Sept. 16.
Angela Steinfurth has made multiple pretrial hearings, but they continue to get postponed. Her next courtroom appearance is scheduled for Sept. 25. Angela Steinfurth has made multiple pretrial hearings, but they continue to get postponed. Her next courtroom appearance is scheduled for Sept. 25.
  • Most ReadMost ReadMore>>

  • Mother arrested after toddler found with broken bones, cigarette burns, brain bleed

    Mother arrested after toddler found with broken bones, cigarette burns, brain bleed

    Tuesday, August 15 2017 5:45 PM EDT2017-08-15 21:45:01 GMT
    Sabrina Zerrata (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)Sabrina Zerrata (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)

    A mother has been arrested and charged with abandoning or endangering a child, criminal neglect for failing to provide adequate medical care for her 19-month-old child, and by failing to take the child to the emergency room at an appropriate time, according to an arrest warrant. 

    A mother has been arrested and charged with abandoning or endangering a child, criminal neglect for failing to provide adequate medical care for her 19-month-old child, and by failing to take the child to the emergency room at an appropriate time, according to an arrest warrant. 

  • Coroner: 1-year-old died of drug overdose

    Coroner: 1-year-old died of drug overdose

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 2:55 PM EDT2017-08-16 18:55:37 GMT
    (Courtesy: Walker Funeral Home)(Courtesy: Walker Funeral Home)

    A toddler died of a drug overdose, according to the Butler County Coroner's Office.

    A toddler died of a drug overdose, according to the Butler County Coroner's Office.

  • Michigan man misidentified as Charlottesville driver had to flee home

    Michigan man misidentified as Charlottesville driver had to flee home

    Thursday, August 17 2017 6:21 AM EDT2017-08-17 10:21:24 GMT
    Thursday, August 17 2017 6:21 AM EDT2017-08-17 10:21:24 GMT
    Source: CNNSource: CNN

    The Michigan man GotNews had identified was in fact not the driver. He was not even in Virginia at the time.

    The Michigan man GotNews had identified was in fact not the driver. He was not even in Virginia at the time.

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

In a press conference Friday morning, Toledo Police Chief Derrick Diggs says they believe they have found the remains of missing baby Elaina Steinfurth.

"We wanted to find the body and we wanted to find that baby and we did," said Diggs.

Police, FBI agents, and Lucas County Prosecutor Julia Bates were at the press conference, but were unable to disclose specific details because the case is still active. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation is also taking part in the active investigation.

"It is an ongoing investigation, and it is an active investigation at this time, and there's many things that we can't discuss at this time," said Diggs. "The bottom line is, we found what we believe may be baby Elaina. We're going to continue to conduct our investigation to bring those responsible to justice."

On Thursday, Toledo Police removed a box containing human remains from a garage near Steven King's home at 704 Federal Street in east Toledo. King is the estranged boyfriend of Angela Steinfurth, mother of 1-year-old Elaina, who has been missing since June 2, 2013. An exclusive Toledo News Now source with knowledge of the investigation, said investigators removed a package from a garage in an alley off Prentice Street in east Toledo and turned it over to the Lucas County Coroner's Office.

Search warrants had been conducted at the house in the past, but Thursday's search warrant - based on information obtained during the investigation - led them to the garage for reasons unknown at this time.

"We're not going to get into all of this how many times we checked that. You know, we had a lot of deception taking place, being told to us by a variety of sources in this community, and because of that, we took the investigation where we thought it should go," explained Diggs.

Police say the home, garage, Maumee River and every place in between had been searched, and although the remains in the house may prove to be a big piece in the puzzle, there is still more work to be done.
 
At the press conference Friday, police said the area was "tough to search," and the box was located in the far corner on a shelf in rafters. Cadaver dogs were brought to the scene, but due to the condition of the property, dogs were not allowed to go inside.

Later Thursday, Lucas County Coroner James Patrick confirmed that the box did contain human remains. At the press conference Friday, police said they found "immature skeletal remains."

The remains were autopsied Friday morning at the Lucas County Coroner's Office to determine the identity.

Dr. Diane Scala-Barnett and Dr. Julie Saul, from the Lucas County Coroner's Office, released the following statement Friday afternoon:

"The box, recovered from the upper level of the garage located at 704 Federal, contains immature human skeletal remains. Because the skeletal remains are so immature, it is not possible to determine the sex of the deceased therefore DNA is necessary.

"DNA samples have already been submitted to BCI for analysis. DNA is the most accurate and scientific procedure to confirm identity and sex in this case.

"Anthropologic examination is still ongoing.

"Toxicology is pending.

"Cause and manner of death will be assigned when all parts of the autopsy have been completed."

While the investigation continues and the coroner works to get an official identification, Steven King and Angela Steinfurth remain behind bars on obstruction of justice charges. At this time, no additional charges have been filed against either.

King had his final pretrial hearing Thursday. His trial is set for Sept. 16.

Steinfurth appeared in court for a pretrial hearing Wednesday, but it was postponed again. Her trial date still has not been scheduled.

Elaina's father, Terry Steinfurth Jr., is just hoping for closure.

"I'm still holding onto hope it's not her, but if anything, you have to be realistic to some degree too...Just being hopeful," said Steinfurth.

Steinfurth understands that police are doing whatever they can so justice will be served, but family members still want answers.

"I'm hoping for answers to know exactly what's going on right now. Everything's speculation, so I'm hoping for the best," said Steinfurth.

Stay with Toledo News Now for more on this breaking news story.

Find more stories, interviews, videos, a timeline and additional bonus content in our Search for Elaina section.

Mobile users, click on the "Video" button in the app to watch this story. Download our app here.

Copyright 2013 Toledo News Now. All rights reserved.

  • breaking'We found what we believe may be baby Elaina' says TPD Chief DiggsMore>>

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • JROTC incorporates drone technology in curriculum

    JROTC incorporates drone technology in curriculum

    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:18 PM EDT2017-08-18 01:18:34 GMT
    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:25 PM EDT2017-08-18 01:25:35 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Westside High School’s Air Force JROTC program is really taking off with their drone technology this school year.

    Westside High School’s Air Force JROTC program is really taking off with their drone technology this school year.

  • Program helps students get their technical certification

    Program helps students get their technical certification

    Thursday, August 17 2017 8:26 PM EDT2017-08-18 00:26:34 GMT
    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:04 PM EDT2017-08-18 01:04:37 GMT
    Black River Technical College in Pocahontas has expanded its career technical training program. (Source: KAIT)Black River Technical College in Pocahontas has expanded its career technical training program. (Source: KAIT)

    A group of students is getting an opportunity to build for their future and are learning what it takes to get a technical certification in a lucrative field, officials said Thursday.

    A group of students is getting an opportunity to build for their future and are learning what it takes to get a technical certification in a lucrative field, officials said Thursday.

  • Liquor permit approved for Searcy restaurant

    Liquor permit approved for Searcy restaurant

    Thursday, August 17 2017 8:44 PM EDT2017-08-18 00:44:29 GMT
    Thursday, August 17 2017 8:58 PM EDT2017-08-18 00:58:42 GMT
    (Source: AP Graphics Bank)(Source: AP Graphics Bank)

    A permit to sell alcohol has been granted to a Searcy restaurant, according to a report from a Little Rock television station. 

    A permit to sell alcohol has been granted to a Searcy restaurant, according to a report from a Little Rock television station. 

Powered by Frankly