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Baby Elaina's disappearance from her home in Toledo, Ohio, on June 2 has dumbfounded authorities for three months, however, there are now fears that the 18-month old toddler's remains may have been found.
Three months after her disappearance, a cardboard box containing "apparent human remains" was found at the home where Elaina Steinfurth was last seen.
The box was discovered on Thursday in a detached garage of the residence where the ex-boyfriend of Elaina's mother lived.
Steven King had been dating Angela Steinfurth at the time of the toddler's disappearance. Although the house was previously searched by officials several times after Elaina's disappearance, the box was not found on any previous occasion.
Previously Angela Steinfurth and Steven King claimed the toddler had been kidnapped. When father TJ Steinfurth came to pick up his daughter at the Toledo home on June 2, they told him that she had disappeared from her bed. A massive search was sparked involving police, family and friends.
However, Angela's Steinfurth's story reportedly changed several times upon questioning. First she claimed that both she and Elaina had been taking a nap and that when she woke up, Elaina was gone.
Later she claimed that when she woke up from the nap, her daughter had a black eye and broken nose, injuries that she did not initially report to the police.
Both the child's mom and Steven King were arrested for obstructing official business and making false statements in connection to Elaina's disappearance. They both claim that they have no idea what happened to Elaina.
The remains were found in a computer box at the property where Elaina was last seen alive after police received a tip to return to the property.
An autopsy will be performed today to determine what happened and to identify the remains.
The latest discovery has made Elaina's father TJ Steinfurth "irate," who said it's "hard to stay optimistic" given the developing circumstances.