Community remembers Elaina Steinfurth one year later - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Community remembers Elaina Steinfurth one year later

Posted: Updated:
At least twice a week, Terry Steinfurth still drives down the street where little Elaina stayed.  The grandfather says the hole she left in his heart has never been filled.

"I just know she should be here and she's not," says Terry.  "It hits home real hard. Even today."

Monday, June 2 marked exactly one year since the 18-month-old was reported missing.  For months people marched around her home and the city demanding answers.  Her body was found three months later in a small box in an East Toledo garage.

The one year anniversary was about honoring the short life of Elaina Steinfurth.  Despite the tragic outcome, community members say the local searches and prayer vigils brought them closer together.

"It's bittersweet in one aspect but it's also still heartbreaking," says Risa Smith with the Justice for Neveah organization.  Group members from the organization worked hard to find Elaina back in 2013. 

"It's nice because it shows the community does care. Unfortunately, it was because of a heartbreaking situation."

Richard Schiewe spent the last year dealing with two losses.  One being little Elaina and the second the incarceration of his daughter, Angela Steinfurth.  Elaina's mother and her ex-boyfriend Steven King were sentenced to life in prison with the eligibility of parole, for Elaina's homicide.  Richard still talks to his daughter every week and maintains she did not kill Elaina.

"She didn't kill her baby and I've said that time and time again," says Schiewe.  "She'll never ever be forgotten."

Family members say the Toledo toddler left a mark that can never be erased.  Helping other kids avoid her tragic outcome is a new legacy they want to leave behind.

"Sometime or another it's got to stop," says Terry Steinfurth.  "Kids shouldn't go through this."

Donations can still be made at any Genoa Bank branch to 'Elaina's Fund', which is a designated account for Elaina's older sister, Kylee.  Also, the proceeds from an annual motorcycle ride in Elaina's memory will go to the 'Justice for Neveah' organization that still works to find the person who killed little Neveah Buchanan five years ago.


  • LocalMore>>

  • Samaria road nearly finished in Monroe County

    Samaria road nearly finished in Monroe County

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:45 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:45:11 GMT
    Over the state line in Monroe County, 6 months made a world of difference in terms of road conditions.This winter, cars could barely get down streets, like Samaria. But today, it's smooth sailing as the nearly $5 million dollar project nears completion."I think it's great," Nick Koepke, who lives on Samaria said.Not only does he call the street home, it's also where he does business.He says the potholes causes a lot of headaches over the years."It was terrible," he told 13abc. "There were spo...
    Over the state line in Monroe County, 6 months made a world of difference in terms of road conditions.This winter, cars could barely get down streets, like Samaria. But today, it's smooth sailing as the nearly $5 million dollar project nears completion."I think it's great," Nick Koepke, who lives on Samaria said.Not only does he call the street home, it's also where he does business.He says the potholes causes a lot of headaches over the years."It was terrible," he told 13abc. "There were spo...
  • MI Fire Dept warns of "unstable silo"

    MI Fire Dept warns of "unstable silo"

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:29:38 GMT
    An Ida, Michigan street is closed tonight because of what the fire department calls an "unstable silo.
    An Ida, Michigan street is closed tonight because of what the fire department calls an "unstable silo.
  • Low cost Toledo animal clinic serves up creative way to raise money

    Low cost Toledo animal clinic serves up creative way to raise money

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:54 PM EDT2014-09-02 22:54:03 GMT
    Humane Ohio is a low cost spay neuter clinic that fixes thousands of dogs and cats every year. You have a chance to have help raise money for the non-profit organization and get a great meal. The annual "spay-ghetti" dinner is later this month. It is Humane Ohio's biggest fundraiser of the year.Organizers hope to bring in about $15,000 at this year's event. Humane Ohio Development and Marketing Director Kristy Kissoff that money helps them keep prices down at the clinic, "This year we are o...
    Humane Ohio is a low cost spay neuter clinic that fixes thousands of dogs and cats every year. You have a chance to have help raise money for the non-profit organization and get a great meal. The annual "spay-ghetti" dinner is later this month. It is Humane Ohio's biggest fundraiser of the year.Organizers hope to bring in about $15,000 at this year's event. Humane Ohio Development and Marketing Director Kristy Kissoff that money helps them keep prices down at the clinic, "This year we are o...
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • TPS delays the start of Head Start

    TPS delays the start of Head Start

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-09-02 22:47:42 GMT
    Today was supposed to be the first day of school for all Toledo Head Start students but hundreds of students had to stay at home.
    Today was supposed to be the first day of school for all Toledo Head Start students but hundreds of students had to stay at home.
  • Cedar Point announces Mantis is out October 19th

    Cedar Point announces Mantis is out October 19th

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:48:20 GMT
    Cedar Point has announced that the Mantis Roller Coaster is shutting down.
    Cedar Point has announced that the Mantis Roller Coaster is shutting down.
  • Samaria road nearly finished in Monroe County

    Samaria road nearly finished in Monroe County

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:45 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:45:11 GMT
    Over the state line in Monroe County, 6 months made a world of difference in terms of road conditions.This winter, cars could barely get down streets, like Samaria. But today, it's smooth sailing as the nearly $5 million dollar project nears completion."I think it's great," Nick Koepke, who lives on Samaria said.Not only does he call the street home, it's also where he does business.He says the potholes causes a lot of headaches over the years."It was terrible," he told 13abc. "There were spo...
    Over the state line in Monroe County, 6 months made a world of difference in terms of road conditions.This winter, cars could barely get down streets, like Samaria. But today, it's smooth sailing as the nearly $5 million dollar project nears completion."I think it's great," Nick Koepke, who lives on Samaria said.Not only does he call the street home, it's also where he does business.He says the potholes causes a lot of headaches over the years."It was terrible," he told 13abc. "There were spo...

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!