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Cook County judge approves exhumation of John Wayne Gacy victim for DNA testing


CHICAGO — The body of a teenager identified as one of serial killer John Wayne Gacy's victims should be exhumed for testing to determine if he was misidentified, a Cook County judge ruled.

Judge Rita Novak on Wednesday granted Sherry Marino's request to exhume the remains of Kenneth Parker, who authorities say was last seen with Marino's son, Michael Marino, in 1976, the Chicago Sun-Times reported ( ). The teens were among 29 victims whose bodies were found in a crawlspace under Gacy's front door at his suburban Chicago home in late 1978.

Sherry Marino has long doubted that her son was among Gacy's victims. In 2011, her attorney said a lab that conducted DNA testing on exhumed remains thought to be Michael Marino's determined that the remains weren't his. However at the time, orthodontist Dr. Edward Pavlik, who initially examined Gacy's victims, said he was convinced that his initial determination that the body was Michael Marino's was correct.

Gacy, a building contractor and amateur clown, was convicted of luring 33 young men and boys to his Chicago-area home and strangling them between 1972 and 1978. He was executed in 1994.

Sherry Marino's attorney, Steve Becker, said he thinks she will keeping searching for Michael if the new tests also come back negative. Becker said he was unable to contact Parker's family for DNA sampling. Parker is buried in Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago.

Information from: Chicago Sun-Times,

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