Search for Gacy victims on Northwest Side property ends - New York News

Search for Gacy victims on Northwest Side property ends

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A search of a Northwest Side property where serial killer John Wayne Gacy once worked found no bodies, the Cook County Sheriff's office announced Friday.

New information was developed that Gacy was engaged in "suspicious activity" outside the building in the 6100 block of West Miami Avenue, where he worked maintenance and his mother once lived, the sheriff's office said.

Chicago Police searched the property in 1998, but new information brought to the sheriff's department and improved technology resulted in a new search warrant, the sheriff's office said.

Sheriff's police searched the property March 20 with the FBI and Infrared Diagnostics, Inc., and included three Victim Recovery Canines capable of detecting the scent of human remains, ground penetrating radar and infrared thermographic imaging techniques, the sheriff's office said.

The investigation found two abnormalities inconsistent with concealed grave sites and the canine unit did not detect any human remains, the release said.

Infrared imaging conducted after sunset also did not find any evidence of concealed graves.

Investigators also examined the floor of the laundry room, but there was no indication the floor had been disturbed since the building was constructed.

Gacy was convicted of murdering 33 men and boys in the 1970s. He was executed by lethal injection in 1994. Many of his victims were buried in the crawl space of his former house in the 8200 block of West Summerdale Avenue.

Dart jumped back on the Gacy case in 2011, when his office exhumed skeletons of unidentified victims to determine their identities, leading to the identification of William George Bundy, who was 17 when he was killed.

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