Come Sunday, unless something changes in the next day and a half, Elaina Steinfurth will have been missing for two weeks.
The general rule is that, after 48 hours, the odds of finding a missing person decline drastically. But then something big happens -- like Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight being found alive in a west side Cleveland home after a decade in captivity -- and you can't help but think, "Who else is out there?"
And, for a minute, you let your mind wander and wonder.
Since Elaina, only 18 months old, went missing, most conversations either start with someone asking, "What do you think happened to her?" or someone eventually asking, "Where do you think she is?"
They often end, "Is she still alive?"
Everyone wants to know, most people think they know, and maybe one or two people really know.
And, eventually you have to ask -- if you're a member of the media, anyway -- how do you keep the story alive? How do you keep Elaina in the news? How long before the attention starts to fade and the cameras find another story to cling to and reporters are knocking on someone else's door.
That will eventually happen.
But for now, and spinning out of control among all the other questions, I have one that I can try to answer: Who is Angela Jeane Steinfurth?
The obvious: Angela is a 26-year-old lifelong Toledoan. She is the mother of two little girls -- Kylee, 4, and little Elaina. She is married to, but estranged from, Terry Steinfurth, Jr., 25. He goes by "TJ."
Angela is a Lucas County jail inmate, being held in lieu of $250,000 bond, charged with child endangering.
Her family said she is in cell to herself.
She is accused of knowing that Elaina was seriously injured and then never doing anything about it. She reportedly told police she knew the girl needed medical attention. She maintains that she does not know Elaina's whereabouts.
Before June 2, Angela Steinfurth was just a mom, a daughter, a wife (and girlfriend). Since, and especially once charges were filed against her Wednesday, she's been one of the most publicly vilified people in the city.
"I feel like it's an embarrassment that Angela is my sister," said Mary Schiewe, 23.
Angela, born Nov. 28, 1987, grew up without her father, said Mary, Angela's half-sister. She saw a picture of him once, but never knew him.
Less than a year after Angela was born, her mother, Lisa Mories, married Richard Schiewe.
"We never really had our mom in our life," Mary said. "It's always been my dad."
When Anglea was 16, she tried to reconnect with her mother, and maintained contact, although they were never very close, Mary said.
Growing up, Angela was friendly and into sports, but not all that competitive, Mary said.
"She always got along with people" and the family would go camping every weekend, Mary said.
Camping at Sunny's Campground in Wauseon is how Angela and TJ met.
During a search for Elaina on Thursday, TJ said he and Angela dated on-and-off for nine years; they bonded over "similar interests" like motorcycles and car shows.
Before they were engaged, TJ asked Angela's stepfather, Richard Schiewe, for approval and bought him a beer.
Christmas Day, 2010, in front of family, TJ proposed.
The two married in June, 2011, at the Lucas County Common Pleas Courthouse in downtown Toledo.
He a baker, she a homemaker.
They were married six months when Elaina was born Dec. 20. The young marriage was already troubled but "not horrible," TJ said.
The pregnancy was difficult -- on Angela and the marriage.
Angela said her pregnancy with Elaina was difficult. Because her “womb was too small,” Elaina needed six months of physical therapy so that she would be able to walk.
The young couple, for the sake of their two young children, tried to work through their differences, but TJ said differing parenting techniques, the one-income household, and Angela's anxiety and depression caused rifts. In November, the two separated, but continued to live together until late February or early March for financial reasons.
Angela then moved in with her boyfriend, Steven King, II, who she and her estranged husband met long ago at Sunny's Campground.
Mary said they family has known Steven and his family for at least 10 years, but once they started dating, Mary cautioned her sister to keep the girl's out of the King's Federal Street home.
"We told her we didn't want those kids in that house," Mary said.
In the Toledo police report filed the day Elaina was reported missing, officers noted that the house was "unfit for living."
The first floor bathroom floor was covered in sewage, overflowing from a toilet. Dog feces were on the floor, and piles of clothing were scattered around the house.
Mary said Angela would often keep the girls from family for extended periods of time if there was a dispute. They were her bargaining chips, Mary said.
Mary said she won't ever be able to forgive her half-sister.
Mary and Richard claim Angela told them she was threatened by Steven to not tell police what happened to Elaina.Steven, who has an active bench warrant on a driving with a suspended license charge from March, has not been charged with anything as it relates to Elaina.
"I feel like she waited this long to tell us that, now what else is going to come out?" asked Mary, who believes Elaina will be found alive. "I don't know if she knows anything else -- I hope not, but I thought she was being honest with us when she said she didn't know nothing about Elaina being taken out of the house, but she did."
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