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Another victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy identified

Photo courtesy Cook County Sheriff\'s Office

By Jessica Suerth

(CNN) -- More than 40 years after serial killer John Wayne Gacy murdered 33 young men and boys in the Chicago area, authorities have identified another victim.

James Byron Haakenson was previously known as Victim No. 24. His body was found in a crawlspace in Gacy's suburban Chicago home.

Authorities used DNA evidence to identify Haakenson after his brother and sister came forward earlier this year.

Haakenson was 16 years old when he left his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota, in search of a different life in the big city, Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart said.

It is not known how Haakenson and Gacy met. Gacy was known for trolling areas around Chicago in search of men who were gay, alone or looking for work.

Haakenson's body was found buried between two other bodies in Gacy's crawlspace. Dart said police believe he was killed in August 1976.

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