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Man believed to be Gacy victim is found living in Montana

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Robert Hutton fit the John Wayne Gacy victim profile. The California native was 21 when he went missing in 1972, hitchhiking from New York to California, and passing through Chicago during Gacy's killing spree.

But a Cook County Sheriff's investigation into Gacy's eight unidentified victims has led detectives to find Hutton living in rural Montana, the Sun-Times is reporting.

Now, after 41 years presumed dead, Hutton has been reunited with his father and sister, the sheriff's office announced Thursday.

The discovery was prompted by Hutton's sister, who called the sheriff's office in February 2012 — one of hundreds believing a missing relative just might be a Gacy victim.

She believed her brother may have encountered Gacy while traveling west.

He fit the demographic of a Gacy victim — in age and because he was hitchhiking and worked in cement construction. Gacy was known to lure many of his victims by first hiring them for work, the sheriff's office said.

Sheriff's investigators found Hutton listed in Colorado. But a detective sent to the home learned he had moved. The investigation then led detectives into rural Montana. And in April 2013, the detective requested local authorities visit the Montana address where they finally found Hutton, who confirmed he had been missing since 1972.

At his request, he was reunited with his sister and father. He's visited his father several times, and his plans to visit his sister in-person as well, the sheriff's office said.

Since Sheriff Tom Dart reopened the Gacy investigation in 2011, one of the unidentified victims, William George Bundy, has been identified. Bundy, a 19-year-old North Sider and Senn High School dropout, was among at least 33 people Gacy killed in a spree that lasted from 1972 to 1978. Gacy was executed in 1994.

Bundy was among 29 victims found in 1978 on Gacy's property at 8213 W. Summerdale in unincorporated Norwood Park Township. Four other Gacy victims were found in the Des Plaines River. Gacy told the police he dumped a fifth victim in the river, but that body was never recovered.

Seven missing persons cases have been closed and two cold cases unrelated to Gacy have been solved as a result of the investigation.

There are still seven unidentified Gacy victims. Anyone who believes their male relative might be a Gacy victim should call 708-865-6244.

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