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Medical Examiner says remains found are Christina Adkins

9:09 PM, Oct 18, 2013   |    comments
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Christina Adkins Case


ME confirms remains found are Christina Adkins

Grand Jury indicts Acevedo

Search: Remains found are human

Timeline: Christina Adkins case

Photos: Christina  Adkins search scene

Background: Person of Interest

Miracle in Cleveland gives Adkins’ mother hope

Prior Search: 2nd search: No clues found

Prior search: Home search called off

CLEVELAND -- The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner confirms the identity of remains found by the FBI last Friday as Christina Adkins, 18, missing since 1995.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty announced Thursday that Elias Acevedo Sr, 49, was indicted that day on 293 counts, including the murder of Adkins and Pamela Pemberton. Acevedo is to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Late Friday, the family of Christina Adkins released a statement after the Medical Examiner confirmed that the remains discovered Oct. 10 were Christina Adkins.

"While we are saddened to have lost Christina, we are thankful to have finally found her. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to find her, especially the Task Force, F-B-I, Cleveland Police, and the many family members, friends and neighbors who walked these streets searching for information and hanging up her posters. Christina was a sweet, kind and loving angel who was never forgotten in the 18 years she was missing. Now we hope and pray for justice to be served. We ask that everyone please respect our privacy as we mourn the loss of our beloved Christina."

Jan. 10, 1995 | Christina Adkins, 18, a student at Lincoln West High School, was five months pregnant when she vanished without a trace on Jan. 10, 1995. Christina went to a friend's house at 2405 Kinkle Ave. and left her friend's house between 12 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. to head back to her house, where she lived with her boyfriend, Jose Rivera. She was last seen about 90 feet from the house by a friend who said she saw Christina talking to someone in a car, but the friend couldn't give a description of the vehicle.

Aug. 30, 2013 | New information led the FBI and police to West 25th Street and Interstate 90 -- specifically, Vega Avenue -- but their search for Adkins turned up empty. WKYC's Tom Beres said the FBI and police were digging in a basement of a home at 2610 Vega Ave., an access road along the north side of I-90.

Oct. 2, 2013 | Hopes of closing the 18-year-old Northeast Ohio cold case were temporarily dashed after authorities in Cleveland failed to find new clues while searching a field for evidence in the disappearance of Adkins. Police arrived at a field in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood early in the day in the search for clues into her 1995 disappearance. According to the FBI, which assisted in the new search, authorities were working on information developed by the investigators. "It was not a lead or a tip that was called in. (The investigators) felt it was an area that needed checked out," FBI spokeswoman Vicki Anderson said.

Oct. 10, 2013 | Searchers locate human remains at a site near I-90 and I-490. Remains represent a nearly intact skeleton. Medical examiner says positive identification of remains could take weeks. A person of interest in the case is named as Elias Acevedo Sr. Oct. 17, 2013 | Prosecutor Tim McGinty announces grand jury has indicted Acevedo on 293 counts including 4 charges of aggravated murder in two cold cases: Pamela Pemberton and Jane Doe--widely believed to be Christina Adkins pending DNA testing by medical examiner. McGinty also announced Adkins' ID card found in area adjacent to where skeletal remains being tested were found on October 10.


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