With lit candles, family members, friends and community members stood side-by-side in the first vigil held for Christina Adkins since her remains were discovered earlier this month on Cleveland's west side.
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."
After almost two decades of silence, the Adkins family finally received an answer today but not the answer they were hoping and praying for.
The Cuyahoga Medical Examiner has positively identified the remains discovered near Interstate 90 and the Jennings Freeway as Christina Adkins, who went missing in 1995.
A contractor working in the former home of murder suspect Elias Acevedo, Sr. found a box of underwear hidden in the ceiling of the home Friday, NewsChannel5 has learned.
Authorities have been called back to the former home of Elias Acevedo, Sr., who is charged with the murders of two women including Pamela Pemberton and a yet-unidentified woman believed to be Christina Adkins
Authorities have charged Elias Acevedo, Sr. with 293 counts including the murder of Pamela Pemberton and an unidentified woman they believe is Christina Adkins.
The sister of a 1994 murder victim is speaking out for the first time since the 20-year-old murder case was reopened.
Some Cleveland cold cases are getting renewed attention because of DNA testing and new information.
Sources connected to the investigation of human remains found Friday say that the skeleton was fairly complete and that DNA is expected to be used to confirm the identity.
Investigators are still trying to determine the age and gender of the remains found on Friday near Interstate 90 and the Jennings Freeway.