A February trial date was set Monday for a convicted sex offender charged with two murders and 173 counts of rape.
CLEVELAND - A contractor working in the former home of murder suspect Elias Acevedo, Sr. found a box of underwear hidden in the home Friday, and NewsChannel5 has exclusive photos and video of the evidence.
Reporter Kristin Volk went to the home Friday morning and told a contractor working on the home that she was there in connection with Acevedo.
"Well, that explains a lot," the contractor said.
He had found the women's underwear hidden in the rafters of the ceiling. Police and the contractor are tearing down more of the ceiling of the home and boarding up the windows.
Volk contacted police, who arrived a short time later and have been working at the home ever since.
Some of the underwear appeared to be used, and other pairs, which did not appear to be used, were neatly folded.
The contractor also told NewsChannel5 that the basement has a concrete floor, which is completely smooth except for a rectangular spot that he said looked irregular.
Acevedo lived in the home 1994 when prosecutors say he killed his neighbor Pamela Pemberton.
Acevedo's 293-count indictment, filed Thursday, includes the aggravated murder of Pemberton in 1994 and of an unidentified woman in 1995, the same month that Christina Adkins went missing.
Investigators have searched the house at least once before, soon after his June arrest for a 1993 rape that occurred in the same field in which Pemberton's body was found.
Acevedo's home on Vega Avenue, which today stands vacant, was just a few doors down from Pamela Pemberton's home.
Pemberton was killed and left naked in Tremont, near West 11th Street and Clark Avenue, not long before Christina Adkins, an 18-year-old who was five months pregnant, disappeared from the same area.
He's also been charged with the rape and kidnapping of two girls when they were as young as 8 and 11, and, a few months ago, was charged in a 1993 rape case.
Acevedo is scheduled to be arraigned in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Monday at 8:30 a.m.
"We received this info from NewsChannel5 that we followed up on," said FBI agent Vicki Anderson. "Our violent crimes task force will be following up and this is an ongoing investigation."
Elias Acevedo, the 49-year-old Cleveland man charged with the murder of 30-year-old Pamela Pemberton and 18-year-old Christina Adkins, appeared in court Wednesday.
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.
Elias Acevedo pleaded not guilty to nearly 300 counts in the murders of Pamela Pemberton, Christina Adkins and three other rape victims.
Elias Acevedo's indictment has one local family wondering if the murder suspect knows anything about their missing family member, Ashley Summers.
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.