One year later: toddler who sparked massive search doing well

Exactly a year later, police say the case is no closer to being solved

Almost a year after she disappeared from her great grandparent's North Bloomfield home for close to 48 hours, now 3-year-old Rainn Peterson is thriving.

NORTH BLOOMFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – A year after she disappeared from her great-grandparent’s North Bloomfield home for close to 48 hours, now 3-year-old Rainn Peterson is thriving.

“This little girl knows how to count to 10, she knows how to sing the alphabet song, she knows all her shapes and all her colors,” great-grandmother Dora Peterson on Friday.

Two-years-old at the time of the incident, Rainn’s disappearance triggered a massive manhunt with hundreds of law enforcement, emergency responders and volunteers. She was found two days later in a field less than a mile from the home.

But there’s still many unanswered questions about what happened when she was gone.

“It’s always going to be there as to, ‘Why? How? What for? To prove what?’ Peterson said.

“We couldn’t understand how she could stay outside the whole time,” said Tim Schaffner of Trumbull County Children’s Services. “So that remains a puzzle and a mystery we hope someday will be solved.”

Peterson said that Rainn may have mentioned something about the incident just days ago.

“It just came out of the blue — but I don’t know if it’s just a childhood imagination or what,” she said.

Nonetheless, a year later, the mystery is no closer to being solved.

“Everywhere you turn, there’s a red flag coming up,” Trumbull County Sheriff Tom Altiere said. “But we just can’t seem to pinpoint anything or get any evidence that there was anything unlawful.”

Altiere called the investigation stalled for right now, but believes there’s someone out there who has the missing piece to this puzzle.

“There’s so many doubts — so many, you know, we wonder about so many things,” he said. “It’s just, we need to know the truth.”

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s