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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.

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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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

Unsolved Disappearance of Female Prison Guard, Niqui McCown

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Full Name: Marilyn Renee McCown
Nickname: Niqui
Missing From: Richmond, Indiana, USA
Birthdate: January 6, 1973
Missing Date: July 22, 2001
Age at Disappearance: 28
Age Now: 40
Occupation: Prison Guard
Height: 5′ 2″ Weight: 115
Race: African-American
Gender: Female
Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Marital Status: Engaged (She vanished 3 weeks prior to her wedding date.)
Marks/Scars: Small scar on right side of face, small scar over left eye.
Clothing: Hot pink and purple flowered swim suit top and dark-colored shorts.
Jewelry: White gold bracelet and diamond earrings.

Marilyn Niqui McCown, who went solely by her middle name Niqui, went missing on July 22, 2001. It was Sunday and the 28-year-old mother of one had just attended church earlier that morning and had left her Richmond home sometime during the afternoon to stop at  the laundry mat. When she returned home she appeared frightened and told her mother that two unidentified men were sexually harassing her at the laundry mat.

Police believe Niqui returned to the laundry-mat a short time later, most likely to switch or finish her loads, but nobody is certain and she never returned home and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Richmond Police strongly suspect foul-play. Searches yielded no trace of the missing woman and no-one is even sure if she had made it to the laundry mat.

According to friends and family, Niqui was a friendly person with no known enemies. They were confused as to who would want to harm her. She was in the midst of getting married to her fiance, Bobby Webster, and was excited and content with her life. There were no psycho ex-boyfriends in fact, loved ones claim that her former boyfriend was happy for her plans of marriage and wished her the best.

After running errands she was supposed to meet up with her fiance who was with his best man at a local tuxedo shop searching for a wedding outfit.

Now, this is where is gets controversial.

According to many media reports and TV shows, including Unsolved Mysterious who aired Niqui’s case. Bobby Webster was acting strangely in the weeks after her disappearance including when he canceled the wedding and wanted to give back his wedding band and had failed a polygraph test. Although he was at one time under suspicion, he has since been dropped as a suspect.

Strangely, on November 5, 2001, months after Niqui vanished, her car was found in the apartment complex of her ex-boyfriend (not fiance, but the boyfriend prior who appeared happy for her upcoming marriage) with her clothes from the laundromat still inside. He, however, is not believed to have any connection to her disappearance. Police did learn that Niqui made a phone call to Dayton asking a co-worker about hair and make-up products and it is believed that she might have driven there. Some suggested that the person responsible for her disappearance may have driven the car there to take attention away from themselves, which led police right back to Bobby. However, Bobby claims that he is innocent and knows nothing about Niqui’s disappearance.

 Many people believe the disappearance of Niqui McCown is linked to a former Trotwood, Ohio police officer, Timothy Swint.Remains believed to be Niqui were discovered near Spencer, IN in November 2003 but DNA tests were inconclusive.

The Dayton Daily News reported Swint’s resignation in October 2007. A month later, a confidential tipster contacted Dayton police and told them they should be looking at Swint as a suspect in the death of a woman named Tina Marie Ivory, who was found

However, no one was able to gain a confession and Swint committed suicide in February 3, 2010 after being indicated in the murder of another woman who was found on December 17, 1991 by Montgomery County tree trimmers who noticed a pile of trash and what appeared to be a blanket shaped as a human. Police discovered the remains of Tina Marie Ivory.

Niqui’s disappearance has been featured on many TV programs including Unsolved Mysterious, Disappeared, and other shows dedicated to solving unsolved cases.

Niqui McCown is still officially listed as missing.

Niqui McCown Missing – Website created dedicated to McCown’s disappearance.

Possible suspect? Possible connection? – Click here for more information on former officer Timothy Swint and the possible connection between him and Niqui McCown and Tina Ivory.

FBI is asking the public for help in identifying two suspects wanted for their involvement in child pornography

The FBI is asking the public for help in identifying two men known as John Doe 23 and John Doe 24 who are both wanted for their alleged involvement in the production of child pornography. It is believed that they may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation. Images of both persons were found on the Internet.

The photos have been on the internet for as long as February 2003 and FBI is trying to identify both suspects and any victim’s who could have been involved.

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John Doe 23 (far left) – The suspect is a White male who appears to be between the ages of 25 and 35 years. He has dark hair and is wearing glasses in the photo. This suspect appears to be up to ten years younger than the above suspect.

John Doe 24 (far right) – The suspect appears to be a mid-aged White male with a rosy complexion and dark, thinning hair.

Additional images discovered include a photo of a yellow t-shirt containing the outline of a basketball along with the written text “New Market Basketball” and a home with what appears to be yellow siding and an above-ground swimming pool.

The federal bureau of investigation have passed out two photos to media, as well as other still-shots taken from a child porn video. It is unknown which state the suspects are residing in, however, investigators working on this case found many New Market locations in the United States, including in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware (as well as Iowa, Indiana, Maryland, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, Minnesota, Ohio and North Carolina).

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact: FBI (800) CALL-FBI or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.
The investigation is part of the FBI’s ‘Rescue Me’ initiative and Endangered Child Alert Program. Click here for additional information and other unidentified suspects wanted for their participation in child pornography or child related crimes.

Indiana Wesleyan University Student Missing Since 1993 After Leaving Her Dorm To Buy A Soda

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Photo of Tricia Lynn Reitler

Tricia Reitler was born in Ohio to Garry and Donna Reitler. In 1993, she was a freshman studying psychology at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, located in Grant County, IN.

On March 29, 1993 at approximately 8PM, Reitler left her dorm and walked a half a mile to Marsh grocery store to purchase a root-beer. She planned on returning to her dorm in Bowman Hall but never made it and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Searchers located Reitler’s blood-stained clothes in a field near Seybold Pool, which is between her dorm and Marsh grocery store.

Police have three potential suspects in Reitler’s case including Larry D. Hall, a  long time suspect. He is serving a life sentence for the abduction and murder of a 15-year-old teenager from Illinois, whose body was found in Indiana. However, he denies any involvement in Reitler’s case and although authorities found circumstantial evidence in Hall’s possession, he was never charged with the abduction and presumed murder of Tricia Reitler because there’s no body to link him to a crime and this case remains unsolved.

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Age progressed photo of what Tricia Reitler may look like at 34 years of age. She would be turning 39 years old this year.

DOB: 02/09/74 Missing Since: 03/29/93
Gender: Female Race: Caucasian
Age Then: 19 Age Now: 39
Height: 5’3” (160 cm) Weight: 103 lbs (47 kg)
Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
Missing From: Marion – Grant County – IN – USA

TriciaReitlerTricia’s family believe she is deceased and hope one day they will get closure. They have purchased a grave and headstone (pictured) and wish now to just find their daughter to bring her home and lay her to rest in Ohio.

Agency Case Number: 1993-65081
NCMEC Case Number: NCMA780520
NCIC Number: M-633946073
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact:

Marion Police Department
Sergeant Dorsey
765-662-9981 

Source:
The Doe Network
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Find A Grave
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