Toddler may have been with someone before rescue

Posted at 9:32 PM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 17:25:57-05

Police are trying to figure out what happened in between the time a Lorain toddler wandered away from her home and she was found by a resident Wednesday evening.

Lorain police say Lana Lowther's condition is 'not consistent' to being exposed to Wedndesday night's freezing temperatures.

"It is very possible that this child was released by an unknown person(s) near Cleveland Blvd. and Missouri Ave," police said in a press released Thursday.

The missing 2-year-old in Lorain was found around 1:15 a.m., several hours after she was reported to have wandered away from her home and sparked a massive search. 

Andrew Tornabene called 911 after finding Lana crawling in the snow four blocks from her home.

Tornabene said he was heading home but instead of his usual route, he decided to detour to see if he could find the little girl, because he had seen so many social media and news postings about it.

He was driving on Missouri Ave. when he spotted the girl crawling in the snow -- and said he recognized her right away.

Lana was taken to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital where she was treated and released Thursday morning.

Police said Tornabene's 'alertness' likely saved Lana's life. 

Watch video of the toddler being taken away by ambulance in the video player above.

Before she was found, there was a massive search on the east side of Lorain involving helicopters, thermal imaging and more. At first, police focused on a wooded area encompassing about an acre and a half near the home on Randall St. and Colorado Ave.  

Police said Lana had last been seen in the 2000 block of Randall Street around 8:43 p.m. Her mother and siblings were in the home and her father had just stepped out. Lorain Capt. Roger Watkins said the family is cooperating with the investigation.

Police also said this case did not meet the criteria for issuing an Amber Alert, which involves very specific requirements.