After four decades, James "Jimmie" Byron Haakenson has been identified as one of the 33 men murdered by serial killer John Wayne Gacy. The Minnesota victim went missing when he was 16 years old.
"He had so much life ahead," his older sister, Lorie Sisterman told the Star Tribune. "But he didn't get to do that — have fun, get married — because of this awful man. It's so sad."
The Cook County Sheriff's Office in Illinois announced Wednesday that Haakenson was identified as one of the serial killer’s victims. Another seven victims remain unidentified.
Haakenson left Minnesota summer of 1976. He called his mom on Aug. 5, 1976, telling her he was in Chicago. He was never heard from again.
“My brother has been missing for so long, and it's so nice to know that we've found our brother now, even though now it's not good,” Sisterman told the Chicago Tribune.
According to CNN, police exhumed the bodies of Gacy’s unidentified victims to gather more DNA. Police say they are getting closer to bringing closure to more families.
Most of Gacy’s victims were buried in the crawl space beneath his home in Chicago. He was executed in 1994.
[Photo: Cook County Sheriff’s Office]