By: Savannah Smith | 07-25-2018 | News
Photo credit: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Illinois - Images of 2 Victims of Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy Released

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children provided images showing highly detailed facial reconstructions of two unidentified victims of notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Authorities released said images to the media as part of the efforts of all concerned law enforcement agencies including Cook County Sheriff’s office to identify Gacy’s remaining unknown victims.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Images of 2 unidentified John Wayne Gacy victims released <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; CBS News (@CBSNews) <a href="">July 25, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The images were created by a forensic artist, showing what Gacy’s victims may have looked like. One of the victims referred to as John Doe #10, is described in the image as a white male between 17 and 21 years old, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot 11. Before his death, the victim had suffered an injury to his left clavicle, which had healed well over time. John Doe #10 also had a few dental fillings.

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The other victim referred to as John Doe #13, is believed to have been a white male between 18 and 21 years old who was 5-foot-9 to 6-foot-2. The NCEMC also said he had wavy dark brown hair, and one of his upper teeth was displaced behind another tooth.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The National Center for Missing &amp; Exploited Children along with <a href="">@CCSOPIO</a> are releasing new facial reconstructions for two of John Wayne Gacy’s unknown victims. Learn more: <a href=""></a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HelpIDMe</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; NCMEC (@MissingKids) <a href="">July 23, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Investigators hope that by releasing the images of the two victims, it will help finally solve these decades-old cases. Cook County Sheriff's Det. Sgt. Jason Moran said: “Hopefully, based on that reconstruction, or that approximation, we'll get some more leads.”

The notorious Gacy was convicted of horribly killing 33 young men between 1972 and 1978 after authorities discovered more than two dozen bodies buried in the crawl space of his home in Norwood Park.

Authorities said it was Gacy’s tactic to always pick up hitchhikers or found his victims at bus stops. Eight of the serial killer’s victims went unidentified at the time he was arrested.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Images of 2 unidentified John Wayne Gacy victims released <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; CBS News (@CBSNews) <a href="">July 25, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The Cook County Sheriff's Office launched a new effort to use modern forensics to identify Gacy's unknown victims in 2011. Following the modern investigative tool, two of the victims have been identified – 19-year-old William George Bundy and 16-year-old James Byron Haakenson.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This time last year, one of John Wayne Gacy&#39;s victims was identified as Jimmie Haakenson. Jimmie was 16. He traveled from Minnesota to Chicago. When he arrived to Chicago, he called his parents to say he arrived safely. He was never heard from again 💔 <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Mickey VanDeren (@LtGovMickey) <a href="">July 24, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Cook County Sheriff's Detective Jason Moran has devoted much of his time and focus over the past seven years to closing the remaining cold cases connected to Gacy. He said in a previous media interview that the victims themselves and the victim’s family deserve a name.

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Moran also said in a video titled "Gacy – Unsolved" Moran shared that their plan has been simple: using DNA to match Gacy's victims with families of missing loved ones. Such technology wasn't available yet at the time Gacy's crimes were first revealed that shocked the country. The new tool allowed Moran and the rest to come out with more leads and explore angles. Investigators remain determined and said they won't stop searching until all six unknown Gacy victims are identified.

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Moran said of his huge motivation: "The life of the person that was just murdered is no more or less important than a murder victim from 30 years ago. Not in my mind.”

The public’s help remains crucial. Anyone who has information about any of the unidentified victims should immediately call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST.


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