‘Compelling Evidence’ Led to Charges in Cold-Case Murders

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CLEVELAND – Investigators announced a 293-count indictment Thursday against a man accused of raping and murdering women on Cleveland’s near west side over a period spanning nearly two decades.

Elias Acevedo Sr., 49, is charged with murdering a ‘Jane Doe,’ whose skeletal remains were found last week near a freeway interchange at I-71 and I-90. ‘Jane Doe’ is believed to be Christina Adkins, who went missing in 1995 at age 18 and five months pregnant, investigators said at a news conference, Thursday afternoon.

Acevedo is also charged with the 1994 murder of 30-year-old Pamela Pemberton, who was a neighbor of his.

Acevedo is also charged with:

173 counts of rape with five victims

115 counts kidnapping

One count gross sexual imposition

"In an effort of caution we charged him with murdering Jane Doe. Whoever he murdered, he murdered her. We have the evidence to prove it. We believe it is Miss Adkins," Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said.

Investigators are awaiting results of DNA samples taken from the bones before the remains can be positively identified, McGinty said.

"Everything is consistent with the description of Miss Adkins and there was an ID of Miss Adkins with the body," McGinty said.

On October 24th of 1994, three boys were walking to school when they found the body of Pamela Pemberton in a wooded area near west 11st Street.

She had been raped and strangled.

Acevedo was convicted of sexual battery in 2003 and sent to prison as a registered sex offender.

Investigators arrested him this year for failing to notify authorities of his new address, McGinty said.

Earlier this year, Acevedo was indicted for a separate cold case rape from 1993 after he was linked to it through DNA, McGinty said.

McGinty would not say exactly how Acevedo was linked to the remains believed to be Adkins.

"It was very compelling evidence and it was in a location that we may never have found it without his assistance and obviously, it hadn't been found for almost 19 years," McGinty said.

Acevedo is due in court on the new charges on October 21.

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