Convicted sex offender Elias Acevedo confirmed as person of interest in Christina Adkins case

Elias Acevedo arrested in separate rape case

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.

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