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Case File: 954UMIL

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Reconstruction of the victim (Betty Pat Gatliff)

Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: March 9, 1979
  • Location of Discovery: Norwood Park, Cook County, Illinois
  • Estimated Date of Death: 1972-1978 (most likely January 3, 1972 - July 31, 1975 based upon blood evidence, location found and killer's statements)
  • State of Remains: Not recognizable - Near complete or complete skeleton
  • Cause of Death: Homicide
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 14-18 years old
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5'6" to 5'11" (most likely 5'9")
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Evidence of probable healed fracture of the right humerus (upper arm).
  • Dentals: Available.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: Available.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Blue jeans, shirt (unknown description), underwear, and socks. Clothing remains were deteriorated.
  • Jewelry: A plain silver-colored ring was found with bones of the left hand.
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Case History

    The victim's skeletal remains were located buried in the backyard of John Wayne Gacy's home.

    Altogether, 29 victims' remains were located on Gacy's property. Four were found in the Des Plaines River, although Gacy confessed to dumping five bodies in the river. There are 33 known victims, but it is suspected that there may be more.

    As of 2014, this victim and six others remain unidentified: 955UMIL, 956UMIL, 957UMIL, 958UMIL, 960UMIL, and 962UMIL.

    Serial killer Gacy was convicted of his crimes and executed in 1994.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    If you have any information about this case please contact;

  • Agency Name: Cook County Medical Examiner's Office
  • Agency Contact Person: N/A
  • Agency Phone Number: 312-666-0500

  • Agency Case Number: ME: 276MAR79; LE: #28
  • NCIC Case Number: N/A
  • NamUs Case Number: 11006
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs
  • Cook County Sheriff's Office
  • John Wayne Gacy
  • Cook County Medical Examiner's Office

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    Added: 4/4/07; Last Updated: 10/2/14 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator

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