Renewed attention for two Cleveland cold cases; Pamela Pemberton and Christina Adkins connected?

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.


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