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CLEVELAND --  Just months after Ariel Castro's house of horrors was discovered on Seymour Avenue, more dark secrets are being uncovered in the same near west side community.   

In the wake of Christina Adkins' remains being positively identified Friday, both the Adkins family and neighbors are now calling for change.   

"Maybe if they had done more, put forth an effort into finding somebody, they might have found her alive," said Christina's step-brother Roger.

"18 years? Man, that's unbelievable...18 years she's been missing and been down there for 18 years?! Nobody does their job or what?" he continued.  

The close proximity of the two high profile cases has West Side neighbors also calling for an increased police presence.   

"They should do their job instead of just sitting around...go through neighborhoods," said Crystal Haynes, who has lived on the West Side her entire life.  

Sgt. Sammy Morris, a spokesman for the Cleveland police department, provided the following statement in response to our request for an interview:   

"The Cleveland Division of Police maintains a strong presence patrolling throughout the neighborhood(s) of the city of Cleveland.  Residents are reminded that if they see something they should say something.  Report crimes and suspicious activities as they occur. The division offers our RAD training, rape action defense, training."

" In the RAD training, officers will conduct seminars to show women how to fend off would-be attackers. Information on this training is available on the city of Cleveland's website on the police page."    

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