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 - Investigators are still trying to determine the age and gender of the remains found on Friday near Interstate 90 and the Jennings Freeway.
Cleveland police, the FBI and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office discovered the remains while searching the area for Christina Adkins, who disappeared in 1995. The 18-year-old was five months pregnant when she was last seen on West 25th Street.
A source inside the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said the skeletal remains were fairly intact. They have not released an age, gender or name, and the process could take several weeks.
On Oct. 2, police agencies searched Clark Fields in Tremont for evidence in the Adkins case, but found nothing. On Aug. 30, authorities investigated at a house on Vega Avenue and West 25th Street.
While Cleveland police have not named a suspect in Adkins' disappearance, sources told NewsChannel5 Chief Investigator Ron Regan that 49-year-old Elias Acevedo is a person of interest. Acevedo is a convicted sex offender, who was recently arrested for a 1993 rape case.
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.
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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.