A Gacy victim found alive and well this week living quietly in Montana has been brought back into the public light and life this week after it was the thought the man was dead as a possible victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy years ago. A team of investigators were finally able to locate the man, Robert Hutton of Montana, as he emerged onto police radar thanks to his sister coming forward. The Huffington Post shares what’s known on this happy twist in a tragic case this Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.
The Gacy victim found alive is Robert Hutton, who has been living off the map for decades but was “discovered” this April following his sister deciding to submit his name as a potential past Gacy victim. A Cook County Sherriff confirmed that a team of local investigators used DNA samples based off several samples gathered over two years ago from the bodily remains of at least eight unidentified victims in the hopes of giving them a name and a family to be buried with.
According to information on the search, it’s been many years since the suspected Gacy victim was found due to his status as a hitchhiker and traveling construction worker. He was believed to have been one of the unknown bodies at one point because of several clues that seemed to be a match connecting his disappearance with that of the unidentified bodies.
“Hutton was 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. Gacy, 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 river.”
For his crimes, serial killer John Wayne Gacy was found guilty and executed in 1994.
The county’s police department office noted that investigators moved promptly on the Gacy victim found alive and well in Montana lead because Hutton was one who seemed to adhere to many of the other victims’ profiles. They were able to trace Robert Hutton to Colorado, discovering that he had moved to rural Montana, and from there were finally able to confirm he was in fact the same man who went missing back in 1972. He has since been reunited with his family.