Serial killer John Wayne Gacy
CHICAGO (AP) - A man presumed dead for decades as a potential victim
of serial killer John Wayne Gacy has been reunited with his family after
investigators found him alive and well in Montana.
was located in April after his sister submitted his name as a possible
Gacy victim, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said Thursday. Investigators
in Dart's office collected DNA samples two years ago from the remains of
eight unnamed victims in an effort to identify them.
last heard from in 1972, when he told his mother he was traveling from
New York to California. Hutton presumably passed through Chicago, where
Gacy lived; Hutton fit the profile of a Gacy victim; and it was the year
Gacy killed his first known victims.
Hutton, 21 at the time, was a hitchhiker who often traveled by bus and worked in construction.
a building contractor and amateur clown, was convicted of luring 33
young men and boys to his Chicago-area home - sometimes by hiring them
for construction work - and strangling them between 1972 and 1978. Most
were buried in a crawl space under his home. Four others were dumped in a
Gacy was executed in 1994.
Dart's office said
investigators acted quickly on the Hutton lead because of how closely he
fit the victim profile. They eventually traced a man with the same
identifying information to Colorado, only to learn he had moved. They
later located the same man in rural Montana, and he confirmed to local
law enforcement authorities that he was the same Robert Hutton who
disappeared in 1972.
Dart said Hutton has visited his father and plans to visit his sister.
the Gacy investigation was reopened, one additional victim has been
identified and seven missing persons cases have been closed; five were
found alive and two had died of natural causes.
unrelated missing persons cases have been solved after family submitted
DNA that later was matched with bodies found in other states.
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