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Elias Acevedo Sr., convicted Ohio sex offender, indicted on 293 counts, including murder, rape, kidnapping

Elias Acevedo Sr., has been indicted in the 1994 and 1995 slayings of two women
CBS affiliate WOIO
(CBS/AP) CLEVELAND - A Cleveland man is facing 293 criminal counts related to two murders and multiple rapes and kidnappings, according to CBS affiliate WOIO.

Elias Acevedo Sr., 49,  faces four counts of aggravated murder, 173 counts of rape, 115 counts of kidnapping and one count of gross sexual imposition, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said.

Acevedo is accused in the death of his neighbor, Pamela Pemberton, in October 1994, and of another woman in 1995, identified as "Jane Doe" in the indictment.

Prosecutors said they believe Acevedo is linked to the 1995 disappearance of Christina Adkins, who was 18 and pregnant when she vanished.

Last week, an FBI evidence team discovered human remains not far from where Pemberton's body was found. An identification card belonging to Adkins was found nearby, and the medical examiner's office is working to determine if the remains are hers.

Acevedo, a convicted sex offender, has also been indicted in a separate case as a result of a rape kit that was recently tested from a 1993 case, McGinty said.

Authorities have been reexamining the disappearances of other women in Cleveland, following the discovery of three women held captive for a decade in a Cleveland home.

"This should send a message to other sex offenders that you can run, but you cannot hide; and as a promise kept to survivors and their families, we will never forget, nor will we ever give up," McGinty said in a written statement.

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