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Sheriff eyes possible Gacy connection to Michigan cold case

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart City Club Chicago Tuesday January 29 2013.  |  John H. White~Sun-Times

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart at the City Club of Chicago, Tuesday, January 29, 2013. | John H. White~Sun-Times

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Updated: March 2, 2013 6:48AM

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said Tuesday that investigators are trying to match samples of blood from notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy to the scene of a 1970s cold case from Michigan.

Dart, who has been trying to put names to the unidentified victims who were among those found in Gacy’s home, yard and the Des Plaines River in the late 1970s, wouldn’t say exactly where the case in Michigan occurred.

But he said it involved two young boys who were strangled and murdered in 1975. He said records put Gacy in the general area of the killings around the same time, and he said they’re reminiscent of Gacy’s murders. He also said Gacy traveled extensively.

“I always found it beyond credibility to think he didn’t murder elsewhere,” Dart said.

The sheriff made his comments Tuesday during a City Club of Chicago public policy luncheon. He said investigators from Michigan contacted his office the day he announced it had added Gacy’s DNA profile to a federal database.

Dart said his efforts to identify Gacy’s victims have helped solve other missing person cases, and he said another “very high profile mystery” on the East Coast involving two kids who left an orphanage in 1973 could soon be added to the list.

Gacy was convicted in 1980 of murdering 33 men and boys and was executed in 1994. Twenty-nine bodies were discovered in the crawlspace and yard of his home at 8213 W. Summerdale in unincorporated Cook County in 1978, and four more were later found in the Des Plaines River.

Eight among them were unidentified. His victims were all between the ages of 14 and 21.

So far, detectives have confirmed 19-year-old William George Bundy, a Senn High School dropout who disappeared in 1976, was among the dead.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez recently gave the sheriff permission to look for more possible victims at the apartment complex where Gacy’s late mother, Marion, once lived at 6100-6114 W. Miami.

Retired detective Bill Dorsch has said he saw Gacy carrying a shovel near the complex early one morning in 1975. The tip prompted an unsuccessful dig at the site in 1998. Dart said investigators are waiting on cooperative weather and a cadaver dog before executing the search warrant.

“Was [Gacy] there?,” Dart said, “Yes. Did he do construction work there? Absolutely he did. Was he doing digging there? Yes he was.”

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