A DNA analysis of one of serial killer John Wayne Gacy’s victims showed the remains were misidentified, according to the boy’s family, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Sherry Marino, mother of Michael Marino, who went missing in 1976, has long-suspected her son was not one of Gacy’s victims. Dental records were used to identify the remains at the time.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart began a renewed effort to determine the identification of eight of Gacy’s victims in 2011. One of the eight was identified as William George Bundy using DNA testing in November 2011.
Another presumed Gacy victim, Harold Wayne Lovell, was found alive in Tampa, FL in October 2011.
The remains of another person thought to be a Gacy victim, Daniel Raymond Noe, were found on a mountainside in Utah, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office announced in September 2012.
, was convicted of sexually abusing and assaulting a 12-year-old girl in July 2012.
One Missing Des Plaines Teen Unraveled Gacy
Des Plaines police first became involved in the case while following up leads of a missing Des Plaines teenager, Robert Piest. Des Plaines officers arrested Gacy, one of the most sensational mass-murder cases in history, at his Norwood Park Township home on Dec. 21, 1978.
Since Gacy lived in an unincorporated part of the township, by Norridge, the sheriff’s office then became the primary law enforcement agency handling the case, involving the murders of dozens teenage boys throughout the 1970’s.