CLEVELAND -- Eighteen years after 18-year-old Christina Adkins went missing, her family was put on alert Friday that there may be some news coming soon. Hours earlier, human remains were found near the intersection of Interstate 490 and Interstate 77 in Cleveland.
"I'd love to know for sure -- is my sister gone or still here?" her sister Tonia Adkins told Channel 3. "Is she living happily somewhere with her children? That's the stuff I want to know."
Christina Adkins was five months pregnant when she went missing in January 1995. Several recent searches came back with no new evidence, but Friday's was different.
About 25 to 30 investigators searched the site just off the highway, which was surrounded by crime scene tape.
The FBI says agents were working on information developed by investigators assigned to the FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force.
FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson said in a mid-morning news conference that the FBI "felt strongly about" the information that led to this latest search.
The remains discovered off the highway represented a fairly intact human skeleton and are currently being examined by the Cuyahoga County coroner to determine if they belong to Christina or someone else.
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.