NORTH BLOOMFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – UPDATE: The search for a missing 2-year-old girl in North Bloomfield will resume at 7 a.m. Sunday. Search dogs and others will start at the house on Route 45 and work from there.
Little Rainn Peterson was last seen at the house at approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Searchers feel they will make more progress on Sunday, making use of a thermal-imaging helicopter and an airplane that enables high-resolution photos of the area to be taken. Weather conditions are expected to be more favorable.
Police have issued an endangered missing child alert for Rainn Peterson, who was last seen at her great-grandparents’ house, located at 7759 State Route 45 in North Bloomfield, according to Trumbull County 911 Supervisor Eric Luketic.
FBI officers are giving lie-detector tests to Peterson’s family members. “We want to clear people and eliminate any possible suspects,” Trumbull County Sheriff Thomas Altiere said.
The FBI, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Marshals are helping with the search and have said that they do not need volunteers.
Anyone with information on the girl’s whereabouts is asked to call the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office at (330) 675-2730 or 911.
Peterson’s great-grandparents reported the girl’s disappearance to police around 7:30 p.m. Friday. She was wearing a purple long-sleeved shirt, gray pants and multi-colored pink and lime green shoes.
Sheriff’s deputies said they are also checking in with sex offenders in the area to see if they have any connections to Peterson’s disappearance. A search of the Ohio attorney general’s web site shows that there are six people who are registered sex offenders and live within five miles of Peterson’s great-grandparents’ house.
Peterson’s great-grandparents live at the house on State Route 45, as do their three great-grandchildren. Peterson’s mother, Brandi Peterson, does not live at the house.
The Ohio attorney general’s office released the following information on Rainn Peterson:
Missing from: North Bloomfield, Ohio
Missing since: 10/2/2015
Missing age: 2
Current age: 2
Date of birth: 8/19/2013
Height: 3′ 0″
Weight: 24 pounds
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Brown
“The information we were given is that she just wandered off,” Luketic said.
Two other siblings, ages three and four, stated that they saw Rainn go upstairs. Brandi Peterson said that she was out with a friend at the time of Rainn’s disappearance.
Altiere stated, “We’re trying to put a whole puzzle together. We’re looking everywhere. They (the great-grandparents) have been so cooperative. 100% cooperative.”
Investigators are not ruling out any possibilities for her location as of Saturday afternoon.
A helicopter with a thermal imaging camera, three police officers, two fire departments and dog teams are conducting the search for Rainn Peterson. Police also searched a pond located about two miles from the house of Rain Peterson’s great-grandparents.
Investigators have been interviewing family and friends and have knocked on doors since Friday night.
Brandi Peterson said none of her children have gone missing before and that she immediately went to her parents’ house when she received the news of Rainn’s disappearance.
“It’s the worst feeling in the world. Feels like a piece of me is lost and missing. It’s a really miserable feeling for a parent,” Peterson said.
Investigators said they do not believe there are signs of foul play.
The children have been staying with their great-grandparents for about a month.
Brandi Peterson has one request regarding her daughter: “Please bring her home.”
Authorities have not issued an Amber Alert, since those are more far-reaching, while a missing endangered child alert is local or regional.
Police have also reported the girl’s disappearance to the Center for Missing Children.