Remains discovered in Cleveland is heart-wrenching for families and advocates of missing persons

CLEVELAND - Community activist Judy Martin has been waiting for the day when she can remove the names of the missing from her Wall of Sorrows. She wants to see them all found alive.

But for the person whose remains were found in Cleveland on Friday, it won't be a happy ending. Although the remains have not been positively identified, police were searching for Christina Adkins when they were discovered. Adkins has been missing for 18 years.

"You want an answer, but you don't want any body found there," Martin said. "But on the other hand, you don't want her suffering out there either."

Martin is urging the community to become more involved in searching for missing persons, including Minerva Tripp, 43, who was last seen Aug. 28, 2012 at West 52nd Street and Detroit Avenue.

"I have hope but it's kind of hard," said Marcellette Love, Tripp's sister, "because when you try to let things settle you get a phone call like this. Somebody will call and say they found a body."

Love said searches like the one Friday are heart-wrenching.

"I hope that police put more effort into trying to find these women who are missing," she said. "I don't want to be a family member that's been waiting for 18 years."

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