Trumbull County Sheriff has ‘persons of interest’ in Rainn Peterson case

Trumbull County Sheriff Thomas Altiere: "In my own mind, I have someone of interest"

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

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Trumbull County Sheriff Thomas Altiere said he has a person or persons of interest in the disappearance and subsequent recovery of Rainn Peterson.

The investigation into the toddler’s 48-hour disappearance in North Bloomfield this past October 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.

Altiere said test results in the case have been slow because the Ohio Attorney General’s Office is only allowing them to submit one piece of DNA evidence at a time, so as to not cross contaminate the evidence. Altiere said this is different from a homicide investigation, where all evidence is sent at the same time.

In remarks made Friday, Altiere said his department did receive results on some DNA evidence, which moved the case forward.

“In my own mind, I have someone of interest. I have someone who is very interesting,” Altiere said.

Investigators are awaiting further test results.

The disappearance of the toddler over a rainy and cold weekend in October ended with a volunteer finding her in a field within one mile of her home. Witnesses said the field had been searched several times prior to the discovery of the child.

Peterson was reunited with her custodial grandparents in North Bloomfield.


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