John Wayne Gacy lured young men into his clutches by offering them construction work. Harold Wayne Lovell's family assumed that he had fallen victim to Gacy when he left Chicago looking for construction work in 1978. Now, CBS reports, that Lovell is alive and has reunited with his family for the first time in 34 years.
Lovell was found by his brother and sister when they saw a recent police booking photo online. Prior to finding his photo, they were considering contacting the Cook's County Sheriff's Department which recently obtained exhumation orders to test the unidentified remains of Gacy's victims for DNA. It was hoped that relatives of the young men who had gone missing during in Gacy's area would submit to genetic testing.
"I've gone from having nothing to having all this," Lovell said. "I'm still pinching myself."
Gacy murdered 33 people, eight of whom were never identified.
Gacy confessed to the murders following his arrest. He was executed in 1994.