Sat. 8:40 pm: The Rainn Peterson case: one year later

It’s been a year since a toddler went missing for two days from her North Bloomfield home before she was miraculously found in a field, and the mystery of the case is still stumping law enforcement and her family.

“In some cases, it doesn’t matter how many rocks you turn over, you just can’t solve them,” Trumbull County Sheriff Thomas Altiere said.

Even though no evidence was turned up that indicates someone took Rainn Peterson, now 3, from the home she now permanently shares with her great-grandparents and brothers, her family and Altiere both said they still don’t believe the girl made it out of the house and a quarter of a mile away from their state Route 45 house, surviving rain and 40-degree temperatures, all on her own.

Although the case isn’t closed, all resources and leads have been exhausted, Altiere said. The last ditch effort by technicians at the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations to reveal the content of text messages from people connected to the case have failed, as did DNA testing of the girl’s clothes conducted shortly after she was found in a field off Peck Leach Road by volunteer searcher and neighbor Victor Sutton.

“I hate to say it, but I don’t know if the case will ever be closed. At this point, we don’t have anything additional to go on,” Altiere said.

Read more in Sunday’s Tribune Chronicle.