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Reconstruction of the victim (Betty Pat Gatliff)
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 - August 6, 1976 due to being buried directly under known victim #23, who was later identified.)
State of Remains: Not recognizable - Near complete or complete skeleton
Cause of Death: Homicide
** Listed information is approximate
Estimated Age: 15-19 years old
Hair Color: Dark brown.
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Evidence of well-healed fracture of the right clavicle.
Fingerprints: Not available.
Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: Remnants of socks, underwear, and a shirt.
Jewelry: Two silver-colored metal chain necklaces.
Additional Personal Items: Unknown
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 2017, six others remain unidentified: 954UMIL, 955UMIL, 956UMIL, 957UMIL, 958UMIL, and 962UMIL.
Serial killer Gacy was convicted of his crimes and executed in 1994.
UPDATE: In July 2017, he was identified as Jimmie Haakenson, 16, from St. Paul, Minnesota. He last spoke to his family on August 5, 1976, after arriving in Chicago.
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: 708-865-6244
Agency Name: Cook County Medical Examiner's Office
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 312-666-0500
Agency Case Number: ME: 1453DEC78; LE: #24; 78-803640
NCIC Case Number: U205909841
NamUs Case Number: UP #11001
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
Cook County Sheriff's Office
John Wayne Gacy
Cook County Medical Examiner's Office