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 - Remains were found in the area where the FBI and Cleveland police are searching again Friday for Christina Adkins, who went missing in 1995.
The Violent Crimes Task Force was searching near the Jennings Freeway and Interstate 90, but cleared the area shortly before 3 p.m. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said the skeletal remains are human and the identification process will likely take several weeks.
Cleveland Police Sgt. Sammy Morris said no person of interest has been named. However, sources told Chief Investigator Ron Regan that Elias Acevedo Sr. is a person of interest in the Adkins case.
FBI spokeswoman Vicki Anderson said investigators developed a lead that sent crews to search south of I-90 east and northwest of 176, at an underpass.
"We are conducting a search in connection with information developed in her case," Anderson said.
The Violent Crimes Task Force, which is comprised of the FBI, Cleveland police, Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department and the CMHA, developed new information in Adkins' case recently.
"The task force got information that it feels strongly about," she said. Crews are searching for clothing or human remains.
Last week, officials searched a field in Tremont for evidence in the case, which is near Friday's search.
"We never close these types of cases," said Anderson. "Whenever we have a child that's gone missing and we're involved, we keep that case open until we have resolution to that case."
Adkins was last seen on West 25th Street on Jan. 11, 1995 when she was 18 years old and five months pregnant.
No human remains were found after a search for her body at a home on Vega Avenue and West 25th Street on Aug. 30.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Adkins is encouraged to contact the FBI at 216-522-1400.
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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.
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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.