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Believed Gacy victim found alive
News update posted Dec. 21, 2011
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
2011-12-21

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A man believed to have been a victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy has been found alive, the Cook County Sheriff's office announced.

Theodore Szal went missing in March 1997 during a time when many of Gacy's estimated 33 mostly young white male victims were molested and killed.

Szal's father has kept a picture of him in his breast pocket ever since.

Szal's family believed that he may have been among Gacy's victims because he fit the profile of other Gacy victims, and his car was discovered abandoned at O'Hare airport, close to Gacy's house. In addition, Gacy used his construction business to lure young men to his home, and Szal held a construction-related job at the time.

But after 34 years of wondering, Szal's family got word that their missing relative, now 59-years-old is living in Beaverton, OR.

Szal fled his home town of Glen Ellyn in 1977 due to marital and family problems, according to officials.

"I believe Christmas has come early for the Szal family," said Sheriff Dart in a statement. "Being able to tell an 88 year old father that his son, whose picture he has been carrying around for 34 years in his breast pocket, has been found alive is something special."

Dart launched an initiative early this year, aimed at identifying the last of Gacy's victims. Gacy was executed in 1994.

Szal's family requested privacy in a statement released by Dart. "While we are so relieved to have discovered that Ted is alive and well, our thoughts and prayers are also with the families of the victims — both known and yet to be determined — of John Wayne Gacy," they wrote.

Information on missing people thought to be Gacy victims can be submitted at www.cookcountysheriff.com .


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