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Police raise questions about Lorain toddler's disappearance

Police say 2-year-old Lana Lowther wandered off Wednesday night. (Source: Lorain Police) Police say 2-year-old Lana Lowther wandered off Wednesday night. (Source: Lorain Police)
Police conducted a search in nearby woods and around residences in the 2000 block of Randall Street. (Source: Google Maps) Police conducted a search in nearby woods and around residences in the 2000 block of Randall Street. (Source: Google Maps)
An overhead view of the location where Lana went missing. (Source: Google Maps) An overhead view of the location where Lana went missing. (Source: Google Maps)
Lana was found safe after missing for five hours. (Source: WOIO) Lana was found safe after missing for five hours. (Source: WOIO)
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LORAIN, OH (WOIO) -

Police are now questioning if a 2-year-old who wandered away from her home on Wednesday night was alone during her four-hour disappearance.

Lana Lowther, who has since been released from Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, was found in the snow in somebody's front yard at least 10 blocks away from her home.

Police believe her condition is not consistent to being exposed to Wednesday night's frigid conditions for more than four hours, and it is very possible the toddler was released by an unknown person near Cleveland Boulevard and Missouri Avenue.

Lorain Police say Lana walked away from a home in the 2000 block of Randall Street Wednesday around 8:45 p.m. She was found safe around 1:15 a.m.

Andrew Tornabene, 26, told police he was leaving his sister's house when he saw the little girl. Tornabene says Lana reached her arms up for him to hold her. He says he grabbed her and put her in his warm car before calling police.

"I seen her staggering and falling on her hands and knees in the snow," said Tornabene. "I immediately knew that that was what everyone was looking for."

Lana was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center to be examined before being transferred to Rainbow Babies & Children's.

Lana's grandmother says they are counting their blessings that the 2-year-old was found alive.  

"I want to thank everybody, absolutely everybody who came out, took the time to look. They said there were hundreds of people. I know it was cold out, but they didn't care, but everybody didn't care. All they thought about was my granddaughter. She's doing good. She's alive," said Luann Kurta.

Lana was wearing only pink, footed pajamas when she went missing.

"I think the man's a hero," Capt. Roger Watkins said about Tornabene.

According to Kurta, Lana's parents and older sister were questioned by police. Kurta says the little girl's sister saw Lana walk out of the door, but thought she was with her father.

Police say their investigation remains open. They are trying to figure out what happened between when Lana was first reported missing from her home until she was found.

They also said an Amber Alert was never issued because she was not abducted. 

Anyone with additional information about this incident can call the Lorain Police Detective Bureau at 440-204-2105.

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