More than a year ago Cook County sheriff Tom Dart became aware that former Chicago Police detective Bill Dorsch has long suspected there might be additional Gacy victims buried at Miami and Elston. But there were other unsolved mysteries about the case as well.
Dart knew that eight of Gacy’s known victims had never been identified, and that technology had progressed so far since 1978 that those victims could now possibly be tied to their relatives through DNA. The sheriff began the process of exhuming their remains from several local cemeteries.
The project to identify the eight was announced, and more than a hundred families across the country submitted DNA in hopes of finding young men who had disappeared in the 1970s.
The University of North Texas was enlisted to help with the DNA, and as forensic pathologist Dr. Arthur Eisenberg told ABC News, “It’s not so much that it was a high-profile serial killer, but the fact is these families have gone this long without knowing.”
Eisenberg tells us that the pool was narrowed to around three dozen families whose DNA would be analyzed and compared to the unidentified remains. And in November, one of the victims was positively identified as William Bundy, whose Chicago-area family had long suspected he had died at Gacy’s hands.
Some of the same families who submitted DNA also contacted Detective Bill Dorsch, as stories had been showing up in local and national news media about his work. That same news coverage finally prompted Dart to apply this spring for a search warrant that would allow an excavation at the private property at 6114 W. Miami.
Unfortunately, his application had to be approved by Cook County state’s attorney Anita Alvarez, and she turned him down, citing a lack of evidence to justify a search.
We wanted to know how Dart planned to respond, considering how much evidence Dorsch has made available to him.
As you can see in this video, Dart agrees that a dig is clearly the way to go: that people still looking for their missing loved ones deserve to know once and for all who is or isn’t buried at Miami and Elston. These people have been waiting for information for more than three tortuous decades.