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Elaina's family to focus on recovering, still has hope

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Another vigil was held Wednesday for missing one-year-old Elaina Steinfurth.

Elaina went missing at the beginning of June, and although family members say they are not giving up hope, they need to be realistic about the situation. They say they are now slowing down their search efforts and focusing on recovery.

"I gotta kind of take a step back and make sure my other daughter is getting the help she needs, and is getting through everything the way she needs to, and just trying to have somewhat of a normal life," said TJ Steinfurth, Elaina's father.

After 45 days of searching and waiting and praying, the family announced their decision to focus on their own recovery.

"Most times in situations like this, a child would surface within 72 hours, and it's day 45," TJ said.

"We're at the point where we are starting to search over and over," added Ginger Smith, a cousin. "The same places – over and over."

So they gathered for a prayer vigil, like they have many times, and they also took to the streets, chanting, "Bring Elaina home."

The family will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 3. There will be a benefit poker run and dinner at the Amvets Post 222 at 4143 N. Summit Street in Toledo. For more information, contact Shannon at 419-973-4153.

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