LORAIN, OH (WOIO) - Police say their investigation into a toddler who went missing for four hours late Wednesday night continues.
Early Thursday morning, Lana Lowther was found in the snow in somebody's front yard at least 10 blocks away from her home after wandering out of her home on Randall Street.
Police are questioning if the 2-year-old was alone during her disappearance after her 10-year-old sister claimed she saw an unknown person grab her hand and run away with her. Police believe her condition is not consistent to being exposed to Wednesday night's frigid conditions, and it is very possible the toddler was released by a person near Cleveland Boulevard and Missouri Avenue.
On Friday, the family received a visit from Lorain County Department of Children Services, who apparently also have questions about what happened.
A Lorain police report points out another inconsistency after a second officer on scene says he checked the front yard for a 2-year-old's fresh footprints. His conclusion quote: I was unable to locate any fresh prints whatsoever consistent with a child. He says he even brought out his K-9 partner, Titan, who didn't hit on anything but a small, pink, rubber ball that the parents say is Lana's.
There's another nagging question on who could have taken Lana. A map of registered sex offenders living in her zip code showed seven of them, with one actually on her street, just a few doors down. Police have given no indication that any sex offenders were involved, but their past history needs to be taken into account.
"We believe that there's a possibility that someone may have had that child in a warm environment and dropped that child off near the corner of Missouri and Cleveland shortly before Mr. Tornabene found her," said Capt. Roger Watkins.
Anyone with additional information about Lana's disappearance, can call the Lorain Police Detective Bureau at 440-204-2105.
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