NORTH BLOOMFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Four days after 2-year-old Rainn Peterson was released from St. Joseph Health Center in Warren, her great-grandparents, Dora and Richard Peterson, gave WKBN 27 First News reporter Nadine Grimley a call on Monday. The couple wanted to show everyone touched by the little girl’s story that she is doing well.
Besides still being on antibiotics and a few scratches from her 48-hour ordeal away from home, Rainn is back to playing with toys and laughing with her siblings.
“I think it is going to take me longer to recover from this than it is her, because I’m still very emotional about it,” Dora Peterson said.
Grimley asked Peterson what was going through her mind during the time Rainn was gone.
“I don’t know. I just knew how scared she would be, and then it got to be the next day when it rained, and I knew she didn’t have a coat,” Peterson said.
Search crews scoured the area for two days looking for Rainn.
“I just couldn’t understand why they didn’t find her,” Richard Peterson said.
But two days later, Rainn was found less than one mile from her house. She was lying down in high grass wearing the same clothes she had on when she went missing. She was cold, frightened and wet.
“It was hard to believe, because truthfully, I had given up hope. It had been so long. I thought, ‘It is not going to be a good outcome,’ but it was,” Dora Peterson said. “All the pieces are back together. The puzzle is complete again. Well, except what really happened, you know, but, she is back.”
And both Dora and Richard Peterson said they cannot thank the hundreds of law enforcement officials, emergency responders and volunteers enough, saying the outpouring from the community has been overwhelming.
“There were so many people who were out to help and so many people who loved this little girl and never laid eyes on her. It was unbelievable,” Dora Peterson said.
“We are so thankful for all the volunteers that were out there. We can’t thank them enough,” Richard Peterson said.