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Family: Remains in '78 cold case will be cremated

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  • John Wayne Gacy, 1978.

      John Wayne Gacy, 1978.
    Associated Press

  • Edward Beaudion

      Edward Beaudion
    Associated Press

 
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The sister of Chicago-area man whose remains were identified more than 35 years after he disappeared says his bones will be cremated.

Ruth Rodriguez told a Wednesday news conference that the identification of Edward Beaudion gives the family some closure. Rodriguez says her mother died thinking he might still be alive.

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Beaudion's remains were recently identified as part of a Cook County Sherriff's office effort to ID victims of 1970s serial killer John Wayne Gacy. The remains of several victims found in Gacy's house were never identified.

Gacy wasn't involved in Beaudion's 1978 death, but family members came forward to supply DNA in 2011 thinking he might have been.

Beaudion's body was found in a forest preserve in 2008. The man authorities believe killed him died last year.

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