Diver searches Maumee River under High-Level BridgeWritten by Evan Brune Casey Harper | | email@example.com
A diver searched the Maumee River under the High-Level Bridge the morning of July 3. In the last 10 days, two different fishermen have reported finding what they believe to be human hair in the same spot the diver was searching.
Toledo Police Department Sgt. Joe Heffernan confirmed that there was human hair found in the river, but a DNA test matching the strands to missing toddler Elaina Steinfurth could take weeks.
More than a dozen Toledo Police Department and Toledo Fire Department officials were on scene July 3. They declined to comment.
When the second hairs were found, relatives of missing 18-month-old Steinfurth petitioned the Toledo Police Department to dive the river. Earlier reports indicated that the missing toddler’s body could have been placed in the river under the High-Level Bridge.
Fisherman Greg Boswell is one of the two fishermen who reported the hair strands. He found them June 23. Other strands were reportedly found June 29.
“Well, I was fishing with my granddaughter and we pulled something up and I said, ‘Hey, I think this is human hair,’” Boswell told Toledo Free Press on July 2.
Boswell said he handed the sample, which consisted of three strands varying from 3-5 inches long, to police officers stationed on the bank of the river.
A detective later approached Boswell about his discovery.
“He said, ‘Hey, I hate to interrupt your fishing trip but I need to get some information,’” Boswell said.
Boswell said the police told him they were getting the strands tested and would get back to him. He said they haven’t contacted him since.
Elaina was reported missing June 2 when her father Terry Steinfurth Jr. came to pick up his daughter between noon and 1 p.m. at a home on Federal Street. An argument ensued when Elaina’s mother Angela refused to give him their youngest daughter, according to several witnesses.
Almost an hour after the start of the argument, Angela went in to get Elaina but came out “crying and screaming” that Elaina was gone, according to Steinfurth Sr.
The family began searching the area for Elaina. They called the police when she could not be found.
Angela was arrested June 12. She was indicted for obstruction of justice and her pretrial is set for July 24.
Richard Schiewe, Angela’s stepfather, said at the scene, “They’re gonna find [Elainia], but she’s not gonna be alive.”
Other relatives at the scene included Steinfurth Jr., his father Terry Steinfurth Sr. and Steinfurth Jr.’s cousin Ginger Smith.
This is a developing story.
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