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Where is Elaina Steinfurth? Toledo Baby Missing Since June 2nd

eliana-endangered-missing18-month-old Elaina Steinfurth (pictured), known widely as “Baby Elaina” was reported missing on June 2, 2013 when her father went to pick her up along with her 4-year-old sibling at the mother’s Toledo, Ohio home located on the 700th block of Federal Street. When he arrived the child’s mother made excuses before claiming Elaina had been kidnapped.

Police, dive teams, volunteers and search dogs have been trying to locate the little girl for several weeks now to no avail.

June 2nd – HLN Timeline:

Terry Steinfurth Jr. described what happened when he went to pick his two daughters up from his estranged wife on June 2 and he discovered that Elaina was missing.

Angela Steinfurth, Elaina’s mother, had stayed at her ex-boyfriend Steven King’s house the previous night. When Terry went to the Federal Street home of King’s family to get the girls, he says he found Angela sitting on the porch smoking a cigarette.

“I asked her to go get the baby,” he said. “She told me she had just laid her down for a nap and she wasn’t waking her up.”

According to Terry, Angela let their 4-year-old go with him but she refused to go inside and get Elaina. Then he claims King started “yelling and screaming like he wanted to fight, ripped his shirt off.”

At that point, Terry says he left and came back with his father, Terry Steinfurth Sr., who got out of the car and confronted King.

“The boyfriend told me he would fight with me, like he wants to do with my son, and I just told him I wasn’t there to fight with him,” Steinfurth Sr. told Grace Monday. “I wanted to see my granddaughter.”

Steinfurth Sr. claims Angela told him she would not give Elaina up because she thought Terry would never bring her back. She finally agreed to go inside and get Elaina, and King went into the house with her, he says.

Steinfurth Sr. said Angela came back outside about a half hour later and claimed someone had taken Elaina.

According to a police report obtained by HLN Monday, King is believed to have left through the back door during this time without anyone knowing. Angela allegedly said he left to go look for Elaina.

The police report revealed additional information about the timeline of events on June 2. According to the report, Angela said she last saw Elaina when she put her down for a nap around 1 p.m.

She said she and her ex-boyfriend then went to the Family Dollar and, when they returned, the door to the bedroom where Elaina had been sleeping was still closed so she did not go in to check on her.

Around 2 p.m., Terry Steinfurth Jr. arrived. After arguing with Angela, he returned around 2:30 with his father and Angela agreed to get Elaina. 25 minutes later, Angela said Elaina was gone. Steven King had left at that point.

Police arrived around 3 p.m. and began interviewing witnesses and searching the neighborhood. King returned around 4:30 p.m., according to the report.


Recent photo of Baby Elaina taken shortly before her disappearance

The police report described the King house as “unfit for living,” noting sewage overflowing from a toilet and dog feces on the floor.

King and his parents have not returned calls from HLN seeking a comment on the case since Thursday, but his mother and father both told HLN last week that he is cooperating fully with investigators and does not know where Elaina is.

Angela Steinfurth was arrested last Wednesday on a child endangerment charge for allegedly not seeking medical attention for Elaina after she suffered an injury. She remains in custody on $250,000 bond.

Angela’s stepfather, Richard Schiewe, suggested Monday that there is more to the story.

“My daughter screwed up big time, okay?” Schiewe told Nancy Grace. “I’m not making excuses. I can’t forgive and I can’t forget it. The story is she knows what happened to the baby. She got afraid because people threatened, if you say anything, you’re next.”

Schiewe claimed Angela told him she does not know where Elaina is, but she knows what happened to her and who took her from the house.

According to Schiewe, Angela told him she had made a big mistake, but he would not say what the mistake was, stating that the FBI told him not to talk about it. However, he did say his “gut feeling” is that Elaina is dead.

Elaina is described as a White female, brown hair, blue eyes, 2’1″ tall, weighing 21 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact: Your local authorities (911) and/or Toledo Police Department (419) 936-8995

Source of Timeline: HLN

Three women who have been missing for a decade, found ALIVE just a few miles from where they lived (HUFFINGTONPOST)

a-CLEVELAND-GIRLS-404x304CLEVELAND — Two women who went missing as teenagers about a decade ago were found alive Monday in a residential area just south of downtown, within a few miles of where they disappeared.

Cheering crowds gathered Monday night on the street near the home where police said Amanda Berry (pictured left) Gina DeJesus (pictured right) and a third woman were found earlier in the day. The identity of the third woman hadn’t been confirmed.

Police didn’t immediately provide any details of how the women were found or what conditions they were in.

Berry disappeared at age 16 on April 21, 2003, when she called her sister to say she was getting a ride home from her job at a Burger King. DeJesus went missing at age 14 on her way home from school about a year later.

In January, a prison inmate was sentenced to 4 1/2 years after admitting he provided a false burial tip in the disappearance of Berry, who had last been seen the day before her 17th birthday. A judge in Cleveland sentenced Robert Wolford on his guilty plea to obstruction of justice, making a false report and making a false alarm.

Last summer, Wolford tipped authorities to look for Berry’s remains in a Cleveland lot. He was taken to the location, which was dug up with backhoes.

Berry’s mother, Louwana Miller, who had been hospitalized for months with pancreatitis and other ailments, died in March 2006. She had spent the previous three years looking for her daughter, whose disappearance took a toll as her health steadily deteriorated, family and friends said.

Two men arrested for questioning in the disappearance of DeJesus in 2004 were released from the city jail in 2006 after officers did not find her body during a search of the men’s house.

One of the men was transferred to the Cuyahoga County Jail on unrelated charges, while the other was allowed to go free, police said.

In September 2006, police acting on a tip tore up the concrete floor of the garage and used a cadaver dog to search unsuccessfully for DeJesus’ body. Investigators confiscated 19 pieces of evidence during their search but declined to comment on the significance of the items then.

No Amber Alert was issued the day DeJesus failed to return home from school in April 2004 because no one witnessed her abduction. The lack of an Amber Alert angered her father, Felix DeJesus, who said in 2006 he believed the public will listen even if the alerts become routine.

“The Amber Alert should work for any missing child,” Felix DeJesus said then. “It doesn’t have to be an abduction. Whether it’s an abduction or a runaway, a child needs to be found. We need to change this law.”

Cleveland police said then that the alerts must be reserved for cases in which danger is imminent and the public can be of help in locating the suspect and child.

Source of article: Huffington Post

Updated articles on case:

Chilling video captures the moment cops raided the home of Cleveland ‘kidnapper’ to free captors

Hi grandpa, it’s Mandy – do you still have my car? First words of kidnap victim to her grandfather after being released from Cleveland house of horrors

‘I would have reported him – brother or no brother’ – Ariel Castro’s brothers break their silence after to insist they knew nothing about female prisoners in home

Kidnap victim Michelle Knight is deaf in one ear and will need facial reconstruction surgery after years of brutal beatings at the hands of her captor

A Kidnapping Survivor’s Story


Photo of Sarah Maynard

Interview occurred in February 2011. Less than 4 months after the abduction of Sarah Maynard and the murders of her mother, brother and family friend. — Source: Today

Lying there on a makeshift bed of leaves in a murderer’s basement, Sarah Maynard, then 13, had seen and endured an unimaginable horror. A stranger had burst into her home in November 2010 and stabbed to death Sarah’s mother, her 11-year-old brother and a family friend, then kidnapped Maynard and kept her for four days as his prisoner and the victim of his sexual assaults. And yet, through it all, the courageous young girl never gave up hope that she would be rescued.

In an exclusive interview Maynard told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira that she’s speaking out now because she “wanted to let people know how I could survive what he did to me.” Despite everything, she still is “making my life go on, and not thinking about the past.”

Sarah Maynard’s father, Larry, appeared in the studio along with his daughter. “It’s still a nightmare every day,” he told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira.

Maynard’s father, Larry, also appeared in the studio with his daughter. “It’s still a nightmare every day knowing that part of our family is not with us,” he said.


Photo of Larry Maynard and his daughter Sarah on the Today’s Show which aired in Feb 2011.

The horrific chain of events that led to the murders and Maynard’s kidnapping began on the night of November 9, 2010 when 30-year-old Matthew Hoffman, a tree trimmer by trade who had recently lost his job, began staking out the house where Sarah, her young brother Kody, and her mother Tina Hermann lived. He spent the night in a sleeping bag across the street from the family home. And though Hoffman would later claim that he intended only to rob the house, he carried with him a knife that he had recently purchased online.

Larry Maynard told Vieira that he does not believe this was just a burglary gone bad. “A thief steals, and a murderer kills,” he said. “If he was there to burglarize the home, why did he stake it out the way he did, why did he purchase a knife online a week prior?”

Gruesome home invasion
It was a little after dawn on the morning of Nov. 10, 2010 when he burst into the Maynard family home. He stayed for about an hour, basking in what he later told authorities was the “excitement” of breaking into someone’s home, when Hermann returned home. He attacked her, knocking her unconscious, he told authorities. After family friend Stephanie Sprang, a 41-year-old mother of three, entered the house, he stabbed both women to death. Hoffman then turned on the family dog, killing it as well. He was loading the bodies into the back of a car when Sarah and Kody came home. “I stabbed the boy in the chest a couple of times,” the killer later told authorities. “I ran into the bedroom after the girl to make sure she was not on the phone for help … I saw the girl was not on the phone, and I could not bring myself to kill her.”


Far left; Sarah Maynard (Survivor) – Center Left; Sarah’s brother, Kody Maynard (Victim) – Center Right; Mother, Tina Herrmann (Victim) Far Right; Stephanie Sprang (Victim)

He had something else in mind for her. He dragged her to his home — a bizarre lair filled with hundreds of bags of leaves, marked with weird, childish scrawling on the door, dead squirrels stashed away in his freezer — and kept her captive in his basement.


Sarah was forced to sleep in a makeshift bed of leaves (pictured) in Hoffman’s filthy basement. “He said he wanted to make my bed comfortable so he just put leaves there,” Maynard recalled.

Hoffman tied her up on a bed of leaves and sexually assaulted her, repeatedly. He never let her up, even to shower, Maynard told Vieira. “I just listened to everything he told me to do … just hoping that someone would find me so I wouldn’t have to live with him again.”
It took four days before authorities got a break. A witness told them about a strange man who had purchased a tarp at a local hardware store, and authorities traced him to his basement in Mount Vernon, Ohio, where they found Maynard bound and gagged.

Coping with grief
It was only after she was rescued that the full scope of the horror the family had suffered became clear. At first, Hoffman refused to talk, but when prosecutors promised that he would not face the death penalty, he admitting to killing the two women and the boy, and then he led the investigators to a hollow tree in a remote area where he had stuffed their dismembered bodies.

Even then, Hoffman tried to excuse his savagery, telling authorities that he had made hamburgers for the sole surviving victim of his bloodlust. “I think he was just trying to say that … to make people think that he felt good about himself,” Sarah Maynard said, “to say that he fed me, and he didn’t.”

Hoffman has been sentenced to life without parole.

In the months since, Maynard has been seeing a grief counselor, and with her father, she has established a nonprofit organization, Healing Hearts, to help other victims of violent crimes. She chokes up when she speaks of her mother and brother. “She took really good care of us, made sure we had food, heat and clothes,” she said, her voice trembling slightly. “And Kody, he was just a really good brother, even though we fought a lot.”

But despite her ordeal, she still found the strength to pen a letter that was read aloud at Hoffman’s sentencing. “I wanted to tell him that I was not scared of him. I just wanted to live my life,” she told Vieira.

And that courage and devotion to life is what makes Sarah a heroine, her father said. “She’s even an inspiration to me,” he said. “As her father I’m supposed to be the teacher … I think she’s taught me far more than I could probably ever teach her about life.”

For more information about the Healing Hearts Memorial fund, which aims to provide grants and assistance to survivors and victims of violent crimes, click here.

Samantha J. Mueller – Last Seen In Cincinnati Thursday Evening – Endangered Runaway

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Full Name: Samantha Josette Mueller
Missing From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Missing since: 3/14/2013
Birthdate: 5/16/95
Age: 17
Gender: Female
Race: White
Height: 5’4″
Weight: 110 lbs
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Brown


Samantha Mueller was last seen March 14, 2013 in Cincinnati wearing blue jeans and a black pea coat. Her ears and her lower lip are pierced. She has two tattoos first name “Samantha” on right side of her neck and the other on her right wrist that reads “MOM”. She sometimes wears glasses.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact:
Cincinnati Police Department at (513) 352-3542.

The Unsolved Disappearance of A Nine Year Old Ohio Girl


Photo of Erica Nicole Baker shortly before she went missing

Erica Baker was a 9-year-old girl who lived in Kettering, Ohio when she went disappeared over one decade ago. Her parents, Greg Baker and Melissa “Missy” Erica, were divorced and shared custody.

On February 7, 1999 at approximately 3p.m., Greg Baker “passed off” Erica to her mother. Less than an hour after getting dropped off, Erica asked her mother if she could walk her aunts dog, Shih-Tzu around Indian Riffle Park which is a local park not to far from her Kettering, OH home.

Less than an hour later the dog was picked up by Animal Control approximately one mile away after it was spotted wandering along with Erica nowhere in sight.

When Misty was informed that the dog was picked up she immediately contact police to report her daughter missing.

Police searched the neighborhood and asked locals if they seen the little girl. One person said he spotted the girl walking the dog near a large pond near the Kettering Recreation Center about  3/4 of a mile from her home. This was the last known sighting before she went missing.

The pond was drained but no evidence related to this case was located.

Police went around the neighborhood to ask locals if they seen anything unusual/suspicious but it was as if she just simply vanished. The case quickly became National news and was even featured on America’s Most Wanted but despite the attention, the missing girl’s whereabouts remain unknown.

She would be turning 23 this year.

This case is very similar to the disappearance of Steven “Steve” Kraft Jr, a 12-year-old Michigan boy who vanished shortly after he left his Benton Township home to walk his dogs. Both cases happened within two years of each other, both cases received National attention and both cases remain unsolved.


Age progressed photo of what Erica Baker might look like at 18

Type of Abduction: Suspicious Circumstances
Date Missing: February 7, 1999
Missing from: Kettering, OH
Date of Birth: June 22, 1989
Age at disappearance: 9 years old
Race: Caucasian
Sex: Female
Height: 3’11”
Weight: 65 lbs.
Eyes: Hazel
Hair: Blonde, worn straight to her shoulders, all one length
Other: Erica’s front teeth are crooked. She has a scar on  her right foot and an oval-shaped, brown birthmark about the size of a dime on her hip. Both ears are pierced.

Last Seen Wearing: Light color blue jeans, pink sweatshirt with Winnie the Pooh on the front, and a pink raincoat and white cheerleading shoes.

Erica Baker’s disappearance remains a mystery … 2/4/01 Dayton Daily News.
“America’s Most Wanted” (2/20/99)
“The Official Website of the Erica Baker Recovery Center”
Friends of Erica Baker Website

Click here for a more detailed description regarding the disappearance of Erica Baker.

If you have information regarding this case, please contact:
The Kettering (OH) Police Department – (937) 296-2570

Hamilton Man Last Seen Several Days Ago

Recent photo of Shawn Searay (26) who hasn’t been seen or heard from in several days

11/10/12, ONTARIO, CANADA — Hamilton police are asking the public for help in locating a missing 26-year-old Hamilton man.

Shawn Searay was reported missing November 5, 2012 but was last seen the next day at the Courtyard Marriott at 1224 Upper James St. According to a news source, Shawn rented a room at the hotel for one night, he left on foot the following day on November 6. Friend’s and family, along with the police, don’t know where he could be and are concerned for his well-being, explaining that the missing man was in a depressed state.

Shawn Searay is described as being a Caucasian male (fair complexion) with short brown hair which is partially shaved with small cuts, brown eyes, 5’11” tall and weighing approximately 140 pounds (thin build.) short, brown hair that is partially shaved with small cuts, brown eyes, and a short goatee.

He was last seen wearing his glasses (which is shown in the photo above),a dark grey hoodie with a zipper, light grey sweatpants and brown sneakers.

If you were in the Hamilton area this past week and spoke to a man with a speech impediment, who matches the description described above then please contact authorities.

Shawn’s Facebook Page is set to private which only those on his friends list can view. His default photo shows him sporting a different hairstyle without the buzz look.

Hamilton police are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Shawn Searay to contact the Division (3) staff sergeant at 905-546-3886.

Jane Doe Found In 2007 Still Unidentified – Ohio

Jane Doe Found In 2007 Still Unidentified - Ohio

On March 10th, 2007, the skeletal remains of an unidentified caucasion female were found one mile off US 23 in Marion County, Ohio in the 2500 block of Victory Road. The decedent was estimated to be between 5’03” and 5’09″tall and between 100-150 pounds. She was estimated to be between 15 and 22 years of age. The decedent is believed to be a Caucasian female, but the possibility that she was of Hispanic or Asian descent has not been eliminated. No clothing, jewelry or other items were found with the remains. The image shown is a facial reconstruction done by a forensic artist at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Items such as hair style are the artist’s estimations to complete the image, and should not be considered as signifigant markers for identification.

– Law enforcement agency: Marion County Sheriff
– Although the unidentified Jane Doe was found March 10th, 2007, the actual date of the homicide commited is unknown.
– location where Jane Doe was found: 2500 Block of Victory Road Marion, Ohio (Marion County)

Should you have any information regarding this investigation to assist in the identify of the victim please contact the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at (740) 382-8244 Ext. 307
OR submit a tip to the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI).