Reconstruction of the victim (Betty Pat Gatliff)
Date of Discovery: March 9, 1979
Location of Discovery: Norwood Park Township, Cook County, Illinois
Estimated Date of Death: 1972 to 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
Estimated Age: 14-18 years old
Height: 5'9", Estimated
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Evidence of probable healed fracture of the right humerus (upper arm).
Fingerprints: Not Available
Clothing: Blue jeans, shirt (unknown description), underwear, and socks. Clothing remains were deteriorated.
Jewelry: Plain, silver colored ring found with bones of the left hand.
Additional Personal Items: Unknown
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 2017, this victim and five others remain unidentified: 955UMIL, 956UMIL, 957UMIL, 958UMIL, and 962UMIL.
Serial killer Gacy was convicted of his crimes and executed in 1994.
Agency Name: Cook County Medical Examiner's Office
Agency Contact Person: Jason Moran
Agency Phone Number: 312-666-0500
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 276MAR79; LE: #28; 78-803640
NCIC Case Number: U205905829
NamUs Case Number: 11006
Cook County Sheriff's Office
John Wayne Gacy
Cook County Medical Examiner's Office
Added: 4/4/07; Last Updated: 9/7/17
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** Listed information may be estimated.