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    Jacob Wetterling, 11 Year Old Male, St. Joseph, MN *Remains Found*

    Wetterling Remains Might Have Been Found, Sources Say

    September 03, 2016 09:07 AM

    Sources tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that the man authorities named as a person of interest in Jacob Wetterling’s disappearance, Danny Heinrich, agreed to cooperate, and provide information that led to authorities recovering unidentified remains.

    Heinrich led investigators to the area where the remains were found, according to sources.

    Sources say the remains that may be those of Wetterling were found at an undisclosed location in central Minnesota.

    DNA tests are currently being conducted to determine if they are in fact the boy's remains.

    Over the years there have been many tips and none of them have panned out.

    Reporter Tom Hauser called Jacob’s mother, Patty Wetterling, after receiving a tip Friday night that his remains might have been found. She has always been very gracious and open about discussing the case, but this time she hung up before he could ask a question - an initial indication that something about the case may have turned.

    Hauser and Investigative Executive Producer Paul McEnroe then worked through the night to confirm details with sources.

    Those sources tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that federal and state authorities found remains they believe could be Jacob's.

    Jacob was 11 years old when he was kidnapped at gunpoint by a man wearing a mask in October 1989 near his home in St. Joseph, Minnesota.

    According to two sources with direct knowledge of the case, the remains were recovered after Heinrich, who is being held on federal child pornography charges, agreed to cooperate with the FBI and state authorities.

    The 52-year-old Heinrich of Annandale, Minnesota, has been held on the child pornography charges for almost a year while awaiting trial scheduled for next month.


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    Sources: Heinrich Led FBI To Jacob Wetterling’s Remains

    September 3, 2016 6:34 AM

    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Sources say the suspect in the Jacob Wetterling case led the FBI to remains that are now being tested for DNA.

    Agents pressed Danny Heinrich for information on the nearly 27-year-old mystery in the last few days. Sources say the FBI took Heinrich out of jail at least twice this week.


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    It is during that time that Heinrich told investigators where they would find Jacob’s body. We know searchers have been at a site in Stearns County for several days.

    Jacob’s mother, Patty Wetterling, texted WCCO’s Esme Murphy Saturday morning after hearing the news.

    1990 linked him to Scheierl’s assault, a discovery made by investigators in 2015.

    Heinrich would not face any charges due to the statute of limitations, but Scheierl filed a civil suit against him in May, accusing Heinrich of sexual battery and false imprisonment.

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    Timeline in the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling

    Oct. 22, 1989: 11-year-old Jacob is abducted by a masked gunman about 9:15 p.m. in St. Joseph, Minnesota. A search begins.

    Oct. 27, 1989: Officials release an artist’s sketch of the man who tried to abduct a boy earlier in the summer in Stearns County, thinking the incidents could be linked to the same man.

    Nov. 30, 1989: A more accurate sketch of the earlier sketch is released.

    Dec. 16, 1989: Daniel Heinrich is interviewed by the FBI. He said he couldn’t recall where he was on the day Jacob disappeared.

    Jan. 16, 1990: The Wetterlings announce plans to establish the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

    1994: The Jacob Wetterling Act was passed in his honor. It was the first law to institute a state sex-offender registry.

    June 30, 2010: A farm in rural St. Joseph is searched. Jacob was last seen at the end of the property’s driveway.

    July 1, 2010: Crews dig up the farm, and officials remain tight-lipped on what they are doing.

    July 2, 2010: Dan Rassier, a man who lives at the farm, is named a person of interest.

    Sept. 28, 2010: The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office reports that lab tests on materials gathered at the farm did not produce evidence.

    October 2014: Investigators put up billboards in the St. Joseph area asking people to call investigators to call if they have any information about Wetterling. The billboard features images of Wetterling from 1989 and what he would look like at age 36.

    July 28, 2015: Officials execute a search warrant in Annandale at the home of Daniel Heinrich. DNA evidence linked him to a sexual assault of a 12-year-old boy in Cold Spring, 10 months before Jacob went missing. Evidence of pornography was discovered along with news reports of Jacob and other missing children.

    Oct. 28, 2015: Daniel Heinrich is arrested.

    Oct. 29, 2015: Law enforcement names Daniel Heinrich a “person of interest” in the disappearance. He is charged with child pornography.

    Danny Heinrich

    Here’s what we know about 52-year-old Danny James Heinrich of Annandale, who was named a person of interest in the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling.

    Cold Spring Case


    • Nine months before Wetterling’s abduction, a 12-year-old Cold Spring boy was forced into the backseat of a car and assaulted.



    • Heinrich was identified as a person of interest in that case, but the victim couldn’t definitively identify him in a lineup.



    • Police arrested Heinrich for the Cold Spring attack in February 1990, but he denied having anything to do with it, and he

    was eventually released without being charged.


    • Investigators now say recently-tested clothes worn by the boy in the 1989 Cold Spring abduction and sexual assault were found to contain Heinrich’s DNA.



    • Heinrich can’t be charged in the Cold Spring case because of the statute of limitations, U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said.


    Wetterling Disappearance


    • Heinrich has denied any involvement in the disappearance of Wetterling.



    • Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner said Heinrich was looked at “very closely” in 1989 and 1990 and that he is “not someone new to us.”



    • Heinrich was questioned for the first time two months after Wetterling was abducted. Law enforcement officers questioned him three more times in the following weeks and months.



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    Jacob Wetterling Remains Have Been Found, Patty Wetterling Confirms

    The case of Jacob Wetterling, the Minnesota boy who went missing 27 years ago, may be coming to an end.

    By [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] September 3, 2016 10:53 am ET

    Authorities have located the remains of Jacob Wetterling, who disappeared in his hometown of St. Joseph, Minnesota, 27 years ago and has never been found.
    KARE 11 reported that Patty Wetterling, Jacob's mother, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] have been found.

    “All I can confirm is that Jacob has been found and our hearts are broken. I am not responding to any media yet as I have no words,” Patty told KARE 11 this morning.

    KSTP reported earlier that a man suspected in [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], Danny Heinrich, has provided information that led to authorities to recovering the unidentified remains.

    The KSTP sources say the remains were found in an undisclosed location somewhere in central Minnesota.

    WCCO reported the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] at least twice this week. In the last few days, authorities pressed Heinrich for information on the case.

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    WOW so glad Jacob Wetterling's remains have been found after 27 years! Prayers for his family.
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    Map: Key sites in Jacob Wetterling abduction

    A look at the central Minnesota locations associated with the 1989 Jacob Wetterling abduction case. His remains were found today.

    September 3, 2016




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    I am so glad for LE and the family but what does this statue of limitations mean. I know what it means but why does it exist. what is wrong with this government? sorry just ranting. please ignore
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaraSidle View Post
    I am so glad for LE and the family but what does this statue of limitations mean. I know what it means but why does it exist. what is wrong with this government? sorry just ranting. please ignore
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    1990 linked him to Scheierl’s assault, a discovery made by investigators in 2015.

    Heinrich would not face any charges due to the statute of limitations, but Scheierl filed a civil suit against him in May, accusing Heinrich of sexual battery and false imprisonment.

    The statue of limations is for another case, not for Jacob Wetterling. Too bad though that he can't be charged for that case too.
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    Thanks Kitty, I was just getting ready to post regarding the other case, you beat me to it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aubrey View Post
    Thanks Kitty, I was just getting ready to post regarding the other case, you beat me to it!
    The early bird gets the worm...lol Love ya . I am 2 hours ahead of you, so was up earlier, central time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mykittysmama View Post
    The early bird gets the worm...lol Love ya . I am 2 hours ahead of you, so was up earlier, central time.
    lol, Couldn't believe my eyes, I blinked and you had already posted, back at you! *Hugs*
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    Sheriff’s Office: Jacob Wetterling’s Remains Have Been Found

    September 3, 2016 1:08 PM

    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Jacob Wetterling’s remains have been found.

    The Ramsey County Medical Examiner and a forensic odontologist identified the remains as Wetterling’s.

    A source told WCCO the suspect in the Wetterling case led the FBI to the remains.

    Agents pressed Danny Heinrich for information on the nearly 27-year-old mystery in the last few days. Sources say the FBI took Heinrich out of jail at least twice this week.

    It is during that time that Heinrich told investigators where they would find Jacob’s body. Searchers have been at a site in Stearns County for several days, and at some point found bodily remains and Jacob’s clothing at the scene.


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    Heinrich will likely face decades in prison for possessing the porn, with experts calling it a very strong case against him. His trial is scheduled for next month, but there is concern that it could all fall apart due to the possible discovery of Wetterling’s remains. He could appear in court as early as Tuesday, although nothing has yet been scheduled.

    Sources tell WCCO the discovery of Jacob’s remains were part of a plea deal made with Heinrich that prosecutors had been working on for months.

    Criminal Defense Attorney Joe Friedberg is not directly involved in the case, but he told WCCO today a deal like this would be rare in a murder case.

    Friedberg believes it means Heinrich will plead guilty to the child pornography charges and not be prosecuted for Jacob’s murder. As part of the deal it could mean Heinrich serves the rest of his life in a better federal prison.

    “I can’t imagine that he said, ‘Look, I’ve done this and I’ve lived with it for so long I’d like to get rid of it,'” Friedberg said. “My guess is some form of immunity was given to him so he would lead them to where Jacob’s remains are.”

    Friedberg also says state law states that a victims’ family would first have to sign off on such a plea deal. Meaning, the Wetterling’s would have agreed to this if Heinrich lead authorities to Jacob’s remains.


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    Plea deal, hate it, but in this case it was necessary for the Wetterlings to finally find Jacob. May the Wetterling family find some peace.
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    Statement from the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center

    Posted 09/03/2016

    We are in deep grief. We didn't want Jacob's story to end this way. In this moment of pain and shock, we go back to the beginning. The Wetterlings had a choice to walk into bitterness and anger or to walk into a light of what could be, a light of hope. Their choice changed the world.

    This light has been burning for close to 27 years. The spark began in the moments after the abduction of Jacob Wetterling, when his family decided that light is stronger than darkness. They lit the flame that became Jacob's Hope. All of Central Minnesota flocked to and fanned the flame, hoping for answers. The light spread state-wide, nationally and globally as hearts connected to the 11 year old boy who liked to play goalie for his hockey team, wanted to be a football player, played the trombone, and loved the times he spent with his sisters, brother, and parents.

    Today, we gather around the same flame. The flame that has become more than the hope for one as it led the way home for thousands of others. It's the light that illuminates a world that Jacob believed in, where things are fair and just.

    Our hearts are heavy, but we are being held up by all of the people who have been a part of making Jacob's Hope a light that will never be extinguished. It shines on in a different way. We are, and we will continue to be, Jacob's Hope.

    Jacob, you are loved.


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    According to this article from November 15, 2015: Three years before Jacob Wetterling was abducted in 1989, there were at least six boys who were approached or assaulted boys in Paynesville, MN.

    Are these other victim's of Daniel Heinrich? Sure looks like it to me, interesting read.



    Nov. 15, 2015: Paynesville victims recount painful attacks in the years before Wetterling disappeared

    PAYNESVILLE, Minn. -- He was a 13-year-old biking home from the pizza place downtown, his only worry whether he’d make his 9 p.m. curfew.

    Troy Cole was just a block away from his front door that night in November 1986, when he was yanked off his bike. A man, his hand reeking of cigarette smoke, covered Cole’s mouth as he pulled him into some pine trees. Shut up or I’ll kill you, the man said, his voice rumbling from behind Cole’s head as he unzipped Cole’s jeans. He said he had a knife.

    “I thought I was going to die,” Cole said recently, recounting how the man used the knife to saw off a chunk of his sandy blond hair, a sick souvenir.

    The terror of that night has haunted Cole, now 42, for decades. Even worse, Cole said, is feeling that law enforcement didn’t take it seriously — not his case nor those of at least six other boys who were approached or accosted in this central Minnesota town.

    “I felt like they abandoned us, like ‘who cares, you know, they’re a bunch of kids, they’ll get over it,’ ” Cole said. “But to tell you the truth, we haven’t.”

    Authorities are now exploring whether the string of assaults in Paynesville may be connected to more serious crimes that followed: the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 12-year-old boy in Cold Spring and the unsolved abduction of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling in St. Joseph. The revelation has residents in the region questioning whether a stronger police and community response to the Paynesville attacks could have prevented the more horrific ones.

    “Sadly, I don’t think they were heard,” Jacob’s mother, Patty Wetterling, said of the Paynesville victims. “It’s a devastating thing that happened to them and they’ve had a very long time of not being believed.”

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    Criminal Complaint Danny James Heinrich

    Filed 8/5/2016 - Pages 1 - 59


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    Search Warrant Danny James Heinrich

    July 2015 - Pages 1 -15

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    RAW VIDEO: Chopper 5 Captures Video of Area Where Wetterling Remains Found

    September 04, 2016 03:23 PM

    On Sunday, Chopper 5 flew over the area where Jacob Wetterling's bones and other evidence were found by authorities.

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] into Jacob Wetterling's recovered remains, just several weeks shy of the 27th anniversary of his abduction.


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    Jacob Wetterling: 15,000 Mourners Leave Lights on to Honor Missing Boy After His Remains Are Found
    09/05/2016 AT 01:55 PM EDT

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    A Minnesota community's hopes for Jacob Wetterling's safe return may be dashed – but as they proved this week, his life has not been forgotten.

    For nearly 27 years, people held out hope that Jacob would somehow be found alive, so long after going missing.

    Last week they learned the truth, when Jacob's remains were found and authorities named Daniel Heinrich as a person of interest. Heinrich, 52, had been previously arrested in October on federal child pornography charges.

    As the heartbreaking news spread, mourners tried to find a way to honor Jacob's life. A Facebook event called Lights on for Jacob Wetterling encouraged people to keep their outdoor lights on through Monday night.

    More than 15,000 people have participated in the event, posting photos of their porch lights on social media.

    Even elected officials have gotten in on the public display of support. "Almost every light on my street is on tonight," tweeted Minnesota State Representative Peggy Flanagan. "We are Jacob's hope."

    The odds were against a happy ending. Jacob, then 11, disappeared on Oct. 22, 1989, on his way home from a convenience store. Jacob, his brother Trevor Wetterling and best friend Aaron Larson, were riding their bikes from a Tom Thumb in St. Joseph, Minnesota, when a masked man with a gun allegedly forced them to lie face down in a nearby ditch.

    After asking the boys to tell him their age, the man told Trevor and Larson to run into the woods and not look back, according to the Star Tribune. Jacob was never seen again.


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    Finally this a$$hole talked. The poor Wetterling family .

    RIP, Jacob.

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    5 Things to Know About Jacob Wetterling's Disappearance – and the Man Who Allegedly Led Police to His Remains
    09/06/2016 AT 01:40 PM EDT

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    In the fall of 1989, police say a masked man wielding a gun abducted an 11-year-old boy as he rode his bicycle with friends through the streets of the small town of St. Joseph, Minnesota. Investigators worked tirelessly in the years that followed but could find no traces of Jacob Wetterling.

    That all changed last week, when the Stearns County Sheriff's Office confirmed Jacob's skeletal remains had been recovered, finally bringing closure to a family who'd never stopped hoping Jacob would be found alive.


    1. Man Who Authorities Said Led to Jacob's Body Is Facing Child Porn Charges
    According to investigators, a former National Guardsman provided them with crucial information about where Jacob's remains had been buried.

    Daniel Heinrich, 52, was arrested last year on federal child pornography charges. Soon after, he was named as a person of interest in Jacob's disappearance, police said.

    Through recent advancements in DNA science, police said they were able to link Heinrich to a sexual assault that was committed against Jared Scheierl – then 12 years old – nine months before Wetterling's disappearance.


    2. Heinrich Has Always Been the Focus of the Disappearance Investigation
    Police say they have long suspected Heinrich was involved in Jacob's disappearance and, years ago, conducted surveillance and searches of his father's farm. However, detectives found no hard evidence at the time connecting Heinrich with Jacob's case.

    Police said Heinrich was interviewed four times by law enforcement in the months after Jacob disappeared and that it appeared shoe prints and tire tracks from the scene matched his prints and tires.

    3. Jacob's Disappearance Led to National Legislation
    While Jacob's family has long grappled with the mystery of his disappearance, and now the new grief of his confirmed death, they and others have also focused on creating positive outcomes from the case, including preventing more crimes against children.

    4. The Wetterling's Community Has Rallied Around Them
    As the heartbreaking news spread of Jacob's death, many in his community wondered how to honor his life and pay respect to his family.

    One such event was organized on Facebook, called Lights on for Jacob Wetterling, which encouraged people to keep their outdoor lights on through Monday night, "in memory of Jacob and to show respect to his family."


    5. A Resource Center Was Founded in Jacob's Name
    In 2003, the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center was created to raise awareness for the safety and prevention of crimes against children. It also works toward the unified goal of creating a world where kids can grow up safe.

    The center, in Winona, Minnesota, works to "educate and assist families and communities to address and prevent the exploitation of children, by putting online and in-person safety information in the hands of every man, woman and child."
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    5 Things to Know About Jacob Wetterling's Disappearance – and the Man Who Allegedly Led Police to His Remains
    09/06/2016 AT 01:40 PM EDT

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    In the fall of 1989, police say a masked man wielding a gun abducted an 11-year-old boy as he rode his bicycle with friends through the streets of the small town of St. Joseph, Minnesota. Investigators worked tirelessly in the years that followed but could find no traces of Jacob Wetterling.

    That all changed last week, when the Stearns County Sheriff's Office confirmed Jacob's skeletal remains had been recovered, finally bringing closure to a family who'd never stopped hoping Jacob would be found alive.


    1. Man Who Authorities Said Led to Jacob's Body Is Facing Child Porn Charges
    According to investigators, a former National Guardsman provided them with crucial information about where Jacob's remains had been buried.

    Daniel Heinrich, 52, was arrested last year on federal child pornography charges. Soon after, he was named as a person of interest in Jacob's disappearance, police said.

    Through recent advancements in DNA science, police said they were able to link Heinrich to a sexual assault that was committed against Jared Scheierl – then 12 years old – nine months before Wetterling's disappearance.


    2. Heinrich Has Always Been the Focus of the Disappearance Investigation
    Police say they have long suspected Heinrich was involved in Jacob's disappearance and, years ago, conducted surveillance and searches of his father's farm. However, detectives found no hard evidence at the time connecting Heinrich with Jacob's case.

    Police said Heinrich was interviewed four times by law enforcement in the months after Jacob disappeared and that it appeared shoe prints and tire tracks from the scene matched his prints and tires.

    3. Jacob's Disappearance Led to National Legislation
    While Jacob's family has long grappled with the mystery of his disappearance, and now the new grief of his confirmed death, they and others have also focused on creating positive outcomes from the case, including preventing more crimes against children.

    4. The Wetterling's Community Has Rallied Around Them
    As the heartbreaking news spread of Jacob's death, many in his community wondered how to honor his life and pay respect to his family.

    One such event was organized on Facebook, called Lights on for Jacob Wetterling, which encouraged people to keep their outdoor lights on through Monday night, "in memory of Jacob and to show respect to his family."


    5. A Resource Center Was Founded in Jacob's Name
    In 2003, the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center was created to raise awareness for the safety and prevention of crimes against children. It also works toward the unified goal of creating a world where kids can grow up safe.

    The center, in Winona, Minnesota, works to "educate and assist families and communities to address and prevent the exploitation of children, by putting online and in-person safety information in the hands of every man, woman and child."
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    September 6, 2016, 3:01 PM

    Minnesota man confesses to 1989 assault, murder of boy

    MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minnesota man confessed Tuesday to abducting and killing 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling nearly 27 years ago, putting to rest a [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and led to changes in national sex offender laws.

    Danny Heinrich made the admission as he pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges that could put him behind bars for decades.

    Asked whether he abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered Jacob, Heinrich said: “Yes I did.”

    Heinrich, 53, of Annandale, led authorities to Jacob’s buried remains in a central Minnesota field last week, according to a law enforcement official who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing case. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office said Jacob’s remains were identified Saturday.

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] Heinrich’s lawyers have long been in talks with federal prosecutors over some kind of plea agreement.

    Appearing in court, Heinrich admitted abducting Jacob from a road near the boy’s home in the central Minnesota community of St. Joseph on Oct. 22, 1989.

    Authorities named him as a person of interest in Jacob’s disappearance last October when they announced the child pornography charges.

    Heinrich took the stand and gave disturbing details of the attack, CBS Minnesota reported via Twitter. Heinrich said he had a mask and a revolver with him as he handcuffed the boy and put him in his car, CBS Minnesota’s Nina Moini reported via Twitter.

    He said the boy asked him, “What did I do wrong?”

    Heinrich described sexually assaulting Jacob in rural area of Paynesville, according to Moini. He said the boy cried and said he was cold and wanted to go home.

    Heinrich said he panicked later in the day and killed Wetterling. He said he went home for awhile before returning later to hide the child’s body, taking a shovel from a construction company to dig a grave and filling it in with a Bobcat.

    He said he later threw the child’s shoes into a body of water because he had forgotten to bury them, Moini reports. He confirmed he acted alone.


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    Dear Lord, it must have horrific for the Wetterlings to hear Heinrich's testimony regarding Jacob's final hours. Please let them find some peace knowing their child is finally home.
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    September 6, 2016, 4:28 PM

    After murderer's confession in court, tearful mother of Jacob Wetterling speaks

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Patty Wetterling, the mother of [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], spoke at a press conference Tuesday afternoon following news that Danny Heinrich confessed to kidnapping and killing her son 27 years ago.

    This is the first time Patty has spoken out since Heinrich led authorities to Jacob’s remains last week in a Minnesota field.

    “What I really to say today is about Jacob. He has taught us all how to live, how to love, how to be fair, how to be kind,” she said. “He speaks to the world that he knew. That we all believe in.”

    “His legacy will go on. I want to say Jacob, I am so sorry. It is incredibly painful to know his last days, last hours, last minutes,” Patty continued.


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    Confession in boy's death solves case that haunted Minnesota
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    For nearly 27 years, one man knew where Jacob Wetterling was.

    Late last month, Danny Heinrich agreed to confess to killing the 11-year-old boy — setting in motion a flurry of difficult negotiations between defense attorneys, investigators and prosecutors that would put him behind bars for decades and finally unlock the secrets to a mystery that has long haunted the state of Minnesota.

    "This was not an opportunity we could pass up," U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said. "After almost 27 years, Danny Heinrich was willing to talk, and we had to grab the moment."

    Heinrich, 53, admitted Tuesday that he abducted, sexually assaulted and shot Jacob to death in 1989, then buried the boy's body in a field in rural central Minnesota. The confession came as part of a plea agreement in which Heinrich will likely get 20 years in prison on a federal child pornography charge when he's sentenced in November, but will not be prosecuted on state murder charges. Following his prison sentence, a civil commitment is possible, meaning he could spend the rest of his life in custody.

    As part of the deal, which the family approved, Heinrich led authorities to Jacob's remains last week.

    Some questioned whether the deal was enough punishment for the crime, which shattered childhood innocence for many rural Minnesotans, changing the way parents let their kids roam. Jacob's smiling face was burned into Minnesota's psyche, appearing on countless posters and billboards over the years.

    Last year, authorities found images of child pornography at the Annandale home of Heinrich, who had long been under investigators' scrutiny in Jacob's disappearance. They recognized the best way to get to the truth was to pursue federal charges, which carry stiff penalties that could be used as leverage, Luger said
    Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall said too much time had passed to charge Heinrich with kidnapping or assault. A murder charge could still apply — but not without a body.

    "To prove murder, we had to be able to prove that Jacob Wetterling died. Up until last Friday, proof that Jacob Wetterling was no longer alive did not exist." Kendall sad. "We did not have proof of murder, so we literally had to find Jacob in order to move forward at all.

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    While I'm glad Jacob's remains have been recovered, this whole case just makes me so sad...and mad! That POS Heinrich cut a deal and won't be charged with Jacob's abduction or murder, and that pi$$es me off royally. I know Minnesota will never set him free, but it still bugs me.


    I hope Jacob's family was in agreement with the deal. They at least have what remained of their son now. God, how awful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryjane View Post
    While I'm glad Jacob's remains have been recovered, this whole case just makes me so sad...and mad! That POS Heinrich cut a deal and won't be charged with Jacob's abduction or murder, and that pi$$es me off royally. I know Minnesota will never set him free, but it still bugs me.


    I hope Jacob's family was in agreement with the deal. They at least have what remained of their son now. God, how awful.
    Yes, the Wetterling family agreed and signed off on plea deal, it was more important to finally bring Jacob home. It makes me heartsick this monsters sentence is only 20 years for child pornography. IMO, Heinrich deserves a slow painful death.
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    Danny James Heinrich Plea Agreement and Sentencing Stipulations

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    Wetterling Attorney Defends Heinrich Plea Deal

    September 7, 2016




    Critics think Danny Heinrich’s punishment is too lenient -- but the parties involved agree that was the only way to bring Jacob home, reports Jennifer Mayerle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aubrey View Post
    Yes, the Wetterling family agreed and signed off on plea deal, it was more important to finally bring Jacob home. It makes me heartsick this monsters sentence is only 20 years for child pornography. IMO, Heinrich deserves a slow painful death.
    Thanks, Aubrey. I figured as much and certainly respect the family's wish to find their boy .

    It still sickens me to know he won't ever be held accountable for what he did to Jacob. I sure hope MN is serious about keeping him locked up!

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