Chicago man thought to be Gacy victim found alive

December 21, 2011

Delal Pektas

(Photo/Cook County Sheriff's Office)
Earlier this year, the Cook County Sheriff Department began exhuming the unidentified remains of John Wayne Gacy victims.

A man thought to be a victim of John Wayne Gacy has been found alive. Ted Szal went missing in the Chicago area in the 1970s. Gacy was a serial killer who killed 33 young men during that time on the northwest side.

Jason Moran, a detective with the Cook County Sheriff's Office, said they tracked Szal down in Oregon after his DNA did not match any of the seven remaining Gacy victims still unidentified.

"Our goal at the Sheriff's Office is that identify the remaining seven but you know when you are able to reunite a family after thirty five years, it's a nice thing to do," Moran said.

He also said he is still working through leads to identify the seven remaining victims.