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 - Sources have confirmed that a 49-year-old sex offender is a person of interest in the disappearance of Christina Adkins.
Elias Acevedo was arrested on June 11 by members of a U.S. Marshals Task force in connection with a 1993 rape. DNA evidence obtained allegedly connected Acevedo to the cold case and he remains in the Cuyahoga County jail.
Meanwhile, sources describe Acevedo as a person of interest in the Adkins case--though he has not been charged.
Acevedo has a long criminal history that dates back to 1988, including theft, receiving stolen property and most significantly--a 2003 rape and kidnapping case where he was sentenced to three years in prison.
Then in May of this year, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for Acevedo for failing to provide change of address notice. Soon after, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation identified Acevedo as a suspect in the 1993 unsolved rape.
Court records revealed he has been treated for a mental disorder.
Sources also confirm that Acevedo once lived on Vega Avenue in a house that's connected to the 1993 case and where the FBI conducted a search for Adkins.
Adkins disappeared in 1995 when she was five months pregnant. On Friday, authorities searching for her discovered remains in the area of Interstate 90 and the Jennings Freeway. Those skeletal remains have not been identified, however, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said they are human.
Acevedo was arrested at a family member's house in the 2300 block of Seymour Avenue. That's the same street where confessed kidnapper Ariel Castro held three women captive for more than a decade.
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.