Doe Network

956UMIL - Unidentified Male

Reconstruction of the victim (Betty Pat Gatliff)

Date of Discovery: December 29, 1978
Location of Discovery: Norwood Park Township, Cook County, Illinois
Estimated Date of Death: 1972 to 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: Unknown

Physical Description

Estimated Age: 23-30 years old
Race: White
Gender: Male
Height: 5'4", Estimated
Weight: Unknown
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown


Dentals: Available. Two upper front teeth were missing. Wore a removable denture.
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Discovery

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 2017, this victim and five others remain unidentified: 954UMIL, 955UMIL, 957UMIL, 958UMIL, and 962UMIL.

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

Investigating Agency(s)

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: 1455DEC78; LE: #26; 78-803640

NCIC Case Number: U205909331
NamUs Case Number: 11004

Information Source(s)

Cook County Sheriff's Office
John Wayne Gacy
Cook County Medical Examiner's Office

Admin Notes

Added: 4/4/07; Last Updated: 8/5/17

Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

** Listed information may be estimated.

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