Lovell, 53, was reunited with his family this week after police finally located, decades after he returned from working in construction, reports NBC Chicago affiliate.
Lovell said he knew that his family thought he was dead. "It was very exciting, but not yet," said the meeting. "In two days, and still cry."
Lovell went from Chicago to Florida due to "family situation", he said, but "could not stay home again." This is a scene of joy when he saw his brother in Alabama this week.
"I almost gave hope to the 90", said Lovell's brother, Tim, 48. "I dreamed about it. Probably only 1 percent of the instructions that never, ever see my brother again, and here we are. This is just unbelievable. "
Harold Lovell said he has done work in the garden from time to time Gacy, who was executed in 1994 for killing at least 33 men and boys in the 70's. "On several occasions, he is really trying to get home, but I was not," said Lovell. "And thank God I did not."
One of the bitter history, however, is that Kathy's mother died Lovell did not know her son was alive.
"It's heartbreaking, because his mother never gave him," said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. "We want to talk to her mother before she died and said: your worst nightmare he the victim of this monster? This does not happen! He lives, and we see it. "