Sheriff awaits test results in Rainn Peterson investigation

The investigation continues into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Rainn Peterson in North Bloomfield, Ohio.

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The investigation into the disappearance of Rainn Peterson is far from over. Trumbull County Sheriff Thomas Altiere said his office is trying to eliminate possibilities, and there are a lot of them.

Altiere said one of the scenarios is that Peterson got out of the house and a passerby took her. Right now, his office is waiting on lab results on the toddler’s clothes.

The investigation into the toddler’s 48-hour disappearance last weekend is ongoing. Several agencies are working on the case, including the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office.

“All of the law enforcement and volunteers we couldn’t have done it without them,” Altiere said.

Altiere said the child’s great-grandparents, Dora and Richard Peterson, have been ruled out as suspects. Peterson’s mother, Brandi Peterson, passed a polygraph test last week.

When asked if there is a person of interest in the case Altiere said, “I don’t even know if there is a person.”

One week later, investigators still have a lot of unanswered questions. Altiere said at this point they are going day by day and are continuing interviews.

“We are actually waiting for all the test results to come back on her clothing to see if there is any type of DNA on it or fibers or anything,” Altiere said.

Peterson is out of the hospital, and her great grandparents have temporary custody.

The massive search to find the little girl has left a lasting impression on the sheriff and hundreds of strangers who volunteered their time to help find her.

“That community came together like non other I have ever seen in my law enforcement career,” Altiere said.

Volunteer Victor Sutton found Peterson Sunday, Oct. 4 less than one mile from her home. The toddler was lying down in high grass wearing the same clothes she had on when she went missing.

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