Family members of missing persons say Cleveland police should do more to find their loved ones
Sarah Buduson, newsnet5.com
5:20 PM, May 10, 2013
CLEVELAND - The family members of some of Cleveland's missing persons said police should step up efforts to find their loved ones.
They said their cases aren't taken seriously or are ignored.
"The police didn't really help us at all. They brushed it off as she left on her own because she was five months from being 18," said Tonia Adkins.
Her sister, Christina, disappeared in 1995. Christina was 17 years old and five months pregnant.
Adkins said detectives stopped returning her calls years ago.
Marcelette Love said detectives don't return her calls either.
"I have a sister that's missing and it seems like second district doesn't care," said Love during a community meeting at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church Thursday night.
"The detective told me 'Oh, she's a crackhead like my ex-wife.' Well, his ex-wife is not my sister," said Love.
Judy Martin is not surprised by the women's concerns. Martin runs a support group called Victims/Survivors of Tragedy and often helps the families of missing persons get the word out about their loved ones.
Martin said many families approach her for help because they are frustrated with police. "We need the police to listen to the families because families know when something's different," she said.
"I hate that they feel that way because those ladies have never left our minds," said FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson.
Anderson said the FBI assists Cleveland police when they ask for help with a missing persons case.
Friday, they released information about Ashley Summers and Christina Adkins. The two women went missing in the same area as the women found captive in Ariel Castro's Seymour Avenue home Monday.
"We thought it might be helpful while all this attention is being paid to Cleveland to get their pictures out there," said Anderson.
At Thursday's community meeting, Keith Sulzer, the second district commander for Cleveland police, said families with missing loved ones should stay on top of the investigations.
"You need to be diligent and you need to get on us if we're not doing what you think we should be doing," said Sulzer.
For more information about missing persons cases in Cleveland, watch Investigator Sarah Buduson's stories on NewsChannel5 at 5 p.m. and 6 p .m. Friday.