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Case File: 956UMIL

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Reconstruction of the victim (Betty Pat Gatliff)

Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: December 29, 1978
  • Location of Discovery: Norwood Park, Cook County, Illinois
  • Estimated Date of Death: 1972-1978 (most likely June 13, 1976 to August 6, 1976 due to being buried under victim #23, who has since been identified)
  • State of Remains: Not recognizable - Near complete or complete skeleton
  • Cause of Death: Homicide
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 22-30 years old
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5'2" to 5'6"
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Hair Color: Dark brown to black.
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
  • Dentals: Available. Two upper front teeth were missing. Most likely wore a denture.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: Available.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Unknown
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Case History

    The victim's skeletal remains were located buried in the crawl space of John Wayne Gacy's home. He was under another victim who has since been identified.

    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: 954UMIL, 955UMIL, 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: 1455DEC78; LE: #26
  • NCIC Case Number: N/A
  • NamUs Case Number: UP #11004
  • 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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