Francis Wayne Alexander last communicated with his sister Carolyn Sanders in 1976 when he sent a post card.
The family that lived on Long Island never heard from him again, and on Monday they learned he was a victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
Gacy was executed in 1994 after being convicted of murdering 33 young men in the 70s. The murders happened in the Chicago area.
Alexander’s family always just hoped there was some unknown reason they had not heard from him for nearly 40 years. The family never gave up on hoping they’d find him on Facebook for that he would randomly show up for the holidays.
The last record investigators found of Alexander was an unpaid parking ticket in January of 1976. They believe he was killed between early 1976 or March of 1977 because he made little money that year.
Alexander’s mother last spoke to him in Nov. 1976 when he has her to mail a birth certificate.
The mother contacted police, who could not locate him, and did not open a missing person’s case.
Over the summer a detective from Cook County asked the family for DNA to test the remains found that were now a cold case.
The DNA showed that Alexander was one of the unidentified bodies found buried in Gacy’s crawlspace.
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