Family scales back search for missing 18-month-old Toledo girl
6:41 PM, Jul 18, 2013
TOLEDO, Ohio - The family of a missing baby in Toledo says it's decided to scale back its search efforts.
For the last month and a half, 18-month-old Elaina Steinfurth's family has organized its own searches with the help of volunteers.
At a vigil this week, the baby's father explained one of the reasons why the family felt it needed to cut back.
"Right now, I just got to take a step back and make sure by other daughter's getting the help she needs and getting through everything the way she needs to and, just trying to have somewhat of a normal life," TJ Steinfurth said.
The family said it will still conduct searches twice a week. The father said money concerns also played a role in the decision.
"Everybody knows the statistics of finding somebody after they're gone for so long, and we're past that point. But I still have hope that she's out there and that somebody will speak and find her," said Elaina's grandfather Terry Steinfurth Sr.
Elaina was last seen on June 2. Her mother said the girl disappeared from her ex-boyfriend's house after she put her down for a nap.