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 - Some Cleveland cold cases are getting renewed attention because of DNA testing and new information.
Investigators are looking into new information in the 1994 strangulation death of Pamela Pemberton. The search for answers in the Christina Adkins case may end up answering questions for the family of Pemberton.
Thirty-year-old Pemberton and 18-year-old Adkins disappeared within just months of each other from the West 25th Street area. Pemberton's body was found in 1994 at West 11th Street near Clark Avenue. FBI agents found remains of what could be Adkins in the same vicinity last week.
Sources confirm to NewsChannel5 that 49-year-old convicted sex offender Elias Acevedo is a person of interest in the Adkins case. He could now be linked to the murder of Pemberton.
Acevedo was arrested June 6 on two warrants, including not registering as a sex offender.
"There was a warrant on a DNA cold case on him. He had a long history of rapes and serious crimes," said Pete Elliott with the U.S. Marshals for the Northern District of Ohio.
A 1993 cold case involving the rape of a teenager is what led police to Acevedo.
He was arrested on Seymour Avenue in a house across the street from where Ariel Castro held three women captive for 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.