TOLEDO -- Funeral services have been held in northwest Ohio for a toddler who was missing for three months before her remains were found in a garage.
The service for Elaina Steinfurth was held Saturday near Toledo with burial to follow at the Lake Township Cemetery. She was 11⁄2 years old when she was reported missing June 2.
The girl's mother and a man she had been dating are charged with obstructing official business in the girl's disappearance. The remains were found Sept. 5 in a garage that belongs to the man's family.
The cause of her death hasn't been determined.
Deer archery season: Ohio's three-month white-tailed deer archery hunting season has begun. More than 200,000 bowhunters are expected to participate in the hunt. It began Saturday and continues through Feb. 2. Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset for all deer seasons. Archery season is open during the Dec. 2-8 week of deer-gun season. The statewide limit is nine deer other than in controlled hunts authorized by the state. Only one buck may be killed regardless of the county or hunting method.
Toledo water: A Lake Erie algae threat will cost Toledo $1 million in added expenses. The additional expense was outlined by Toledo officials before the city council, which expects to vote on it in the coming week. Scientists say farm runoff and sewage overflows are the largest contributors to Lake Erie's algae problem, which has reappeared almost annually since 1995. Western Lake Erie is the Great Lakes region's most susceptible basin, because it is the warmest and shallowest.
Shipmate honored: Coast Guard members serving on the Great Lakes honored a shipmate lost 20 years ago during a Lake Erie rescue operation. The remembrance ceremony Saturday afternoon honored Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael O'Neill. Relatives, former crew members and those serving with the Coast Guard's 9th District based in Cleveland took part in the ceremony in his hometown of West Alexander, Pa. He died Sept. 21, 1993, during a search-and-rescue mission 14 miles off Cleveland. O'Neill had boarded a commercial tug that was taking on water when it slammed into the rescue boat and sank stern first. He was trapped inside.
Best trip: A popular tourist attraction in southeastern Ohio's Athens County has been named among the world's best train trips for families. The Athens Messenger reported that the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway in Nelsonville made the Travel Channel's list of 12 railways that are perfect for families. The historic railway attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Athens County annually. Founded in 1972, the railway offers diesel-powered rides on the vintage railcars. Passengers can choose among 1920s commuter cars, open-air cars, a 1940 air-conditioned coach or a two-level car built in 1970. The railway is a nonprofit and is operated solely by volunteers. The full list can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1bPVRnd
Information from: The Athens Messenger, http://www.athensmessenger.com/