I can only imagine the fear a parent must feel when their child goes missing. But wondering for over 40 years whether or not their missing child was one of John Wayne Gacy's victims must be a parent's hardest wait of all.
On August 4th, 1972, Earl Anthony Joggerst (nicknamed Jay) left his Missouri home for the last time. He was 15 years old at the time he went missing, and he wasn't alone. Jay was last seen with a girl he knew from high school named Geraldine Hearst, and a 30 year old unknown man.
In a surprising twist, Geraldine Hearst was later found alive in California. But Jay has never been found. An age progression of what Jay may look like now is attached to his official missing person poster provided by NCMEC.
Several of Gacy's victims remain unidentified. They are estimated to have been males under 22 who died between 1972-1978.
On October 22, 2018, 46 years after his disappearance, Earl (Jay) Joggerst was officially ruled out as a DNA match for any of the Gacy victims.
Jay's mother passed away in 2011. She was not able to experience the joyful relief of knowing her son was not one of Gacy's unidentified victims. Her obituary included this chilling passage: "Those who knew her best knew of the tragedy in her life and felt she played 'the clown' only to hide the unspeakable pain haunting her memory."
If you have information pertaining to the disappearance or location of Earl Joggerst, please contact:
Arial Kendall National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678