One year later: toddler who sparked massive search doing well

Rainn Peterson

NORTH BLOOMFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – 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.

“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,” said grandmother Dora Peterson.

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.”