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Police: Hair found in Maumee River is human, divers search river

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Toledo Fire dive crews went back in the water Wednesday morning, near the base of the Anthony Wayne Bridge. Toledo Fire dive crews went back in the water Wednesday morning, near the base of the Anthony Wayne Bridge.
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Toledo Police Sergeant Joe Heffernan says initial tests show hair found in the Maumee River by a fisherman on Saturday is human hair.

It is not yet known if the hair belongs to missing 1-year-old Elaina Steinfurth. Police say DNA tests to determine that could take weeks.

Toledo Fire dive team crews were back in the river near the base of the Anthony Wayne Bridge for the first time in days on Wednesday. Crews had searched the area extensively in the weeks after the little girl disappeared, but called off searches in recent days.

Dive crews spent several hours in the water before calling off the search for the day just before 3 p.m.

Baby Elaina was reported missing on Sunday, June 2. Her mother has since been arrested and charged with obstruction of justice.  

Family members say they are frustrated and broken-hearted after the search turned up nothing Wednesday. They will hold a prayer vigil at the intersection of Leonard and Federal Streets in east Toledo at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Read more stories, watch videos and find more bonus content, including a flier you can download, about the search for Elaina.

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