Apple, cigarette give clues to Rainn Peterson’s disappearance

DNA was taken from the evidence and sent to a criminal lab

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – An apple and cigarette that were recovered at the scene where 2-year-old Rainn Peterson was rescued could help police identify who had been with her in the days before she was found.

Trumbull County Sheriff Thomas Altiere told WKBN 27 First News Tuesday that detectives found an apple and a cigarette near where they located the toddler in a field about one mile from her home in North Bloomfield.

Altiere said they swabbed the apple for DNA evidence, but isn’t sure the sample would be usable. He said they also found a cigarette in the area where the child was found. Police continue to investigate the case.

Altiere said that they will be testing the DNA of a large number of people to see if it matches with the DNA found at the scene.

The investigation continues into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Rainn Peterson in North Bloomfield, Ohio.Peterson went missing for two days over a rainy and cold weekend in October. She was found unharmed in a field where volunteers had searched multiple times during her disappearance.

She was reunited with her custodial grandparents and is doing well.

Altiere said he has a person or persons of interest in the case. No arrests have been made.


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