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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland police confirm to WKYC that convicted sex offender Elias Acevedo is a "person of interest" in the disappearance of Christina Adkins.

They say they are talking to Acevedo at the Cuyahoga County Jail, where he is being held on charges in a 1993 rape case.

Police records show Acevedo, 44, lived in the Vega Avenue home the FBI searched Aug. 30 at the time in 1995 when Adkins disappeared.

Acevedo, indicted June 6, was arrested and charged with a 1993 rape of an 18-year-old that was reported at the Tremont neighborhood location the FBI searched on Oct. 2.

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Acevedo has pleaded not guilty in that case, which was charged as part of the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's DNA Cold Case Task Force.

How was the connection made?

DNA that connected Acevedo to the case came from one of the 4,000 rape kits Cleveland police had sent to BCI for testing. Many of the kits are decades old and were not previously tested.

Acevedo is currently in the Cuyahoga County Jail. Acevedo also faces charges that he failed to properly register his address with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office.

Records show Acevedo was also convicted of sexual battery in 2003 and sentenced to three years in prison. At that time a judge deemed him a "sexually oriented offender."

Acevedo was arrested in June in the 2300 block of Seymour Avenue at a family member's home.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said, "The citizens of Seymour Avenue witnessed the arrest of another sexual predator with a violent history of preying on women. We made all of our resources available when it was revealed that Acevedo was in the area. Thanks to the cooperation of Sheriff Frank Bova and the numerous law enforcement agencies within the Task Force, a rape suspect who eluded capture for nearly 20 years can now be brought to justice."

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