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Case File: 957UMIL

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Reconstruction of the victim (Betty Pat Gatliff)

Unidentified Male

  • Date of Discovery: December 26, 1978
  • Location of Discovery: Norwood Park, Cook County, Illinois
  • Estimated Date of Death: 1972-1978 (Probably March 15, 1977 - July 5, 1977 based upon arbitrary pattern and timing)
  • State of Remains: Not recognizable - Near complete or complete skeleton
  • Cause of Death: Homicide
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is approximate

  • Estimated Age: 17-21 years old
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Hair Color: Unknown (no hair found)
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Healed fracture to the left clavicle.
  • Dentals: Available.
  • Fingerprints: Not available.
  • DNA: Available.
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Two reddish-colored socks and jockey-type underwear.
  • 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.

    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, 956UMIL, 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 Sheriff's Office
  • Agency Contact Person: Detective Jason Moran
  • Agency Phone Number: 709-865-6244
  • Agency Name: Cook County Medical Examiner's Office
  • Agency Contact Person: N/A
  • Agency Phone Number: 312-666-0500

  • Agency Case Number: ME: 1282DEC78; LE: #10; 78-803640
  • NCIC Case Number: U205910410
  • NamUs Case Number: UP #10998
  • 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: 12/31/14 - By: DD / Unidentified Persons Coordinator

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