Cold Case Rape Victim on Arrest: ‘That’s Justice For Me’

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A victim of a rape that happened 20 years ago tells FOX 8 that she is extremely grateful state agents are looking into the case.

"Thank God someone is finally doing something about it," the victim said on Tuesday.

In June, law enforcement officials arrested Elias Acevedo for her rape. He is scheduled to go to trial in December. We are not showing the woman's face or revealing her name, to help protect her identity.

Her case was unsolved until this year when Robert Surgenor, an agent with the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation, began looking at it as part of the Ohio Attorney General's statewide initiative to test evidence in old rape cases.

"I was shocked and kind of relieved that somebody was finally -- that's justice for me," the victim said.

The rape is alleged to have happened at Clark's Field, the same area where FBI agents were looking for the remains of Christina Adkins just a few weeks ago.

Acevedo has been named a person of interest in the Adkins case. Police are testing remains they found last week in an area off of Interstate 90 East and state Route 176 to determine if the remains are Adkins. It could take a few weeks before the remains are identified.

"This initative is extremely important because people like Elias can be arrested and brought to justice for crimes they committed in the past and protect those innocent people in the general public from people like them," Surgenor said.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine agreed. "We now can go back to these victims and say it's taken a while but thanks to the information you provided we are now finding your rapists and it's helping us solve other crimes as well," DeWine said.

Read more on the suspect HERE.

Read more on the Christina Adkins case HERE.

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