“Person of interest” named in 1989 Jacob Wetterling disappearance

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‘Person of interest’ named in 1989 Jacob Wetterling disappearance.

• Danny James Heinrich, 52, of Annandale, Minn., was arrested at his home Wednesday night on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man charged with child pornography after a search of his home found pictures of naked boys is also a “person of interest” in the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling, whose 1989 abduction led his parents to launch a national center to prevent child exploitation.Investigators have identified “a person of interest” in the 1989 abduction of a boy in Minnesota, a possible break in a case that became a national symbol of child kidnapping and abuse, law enforcement officials said Thursday. An application for a search warrant in that case says that authorities wanted to search for items including human remains, a red T-shirt with the name Wetterling on the back and a red hockey team jacket with the name Jacob stitched on the front. At a Thursday news conference in Minneapolis, authorities said they also are investigating him in connection with the Wetterling case, in which he has not been charged.

The home is in a residential neighborhood and near a school. • At Thursday’s news conference, Heinrich was called a “person of interest” by U.S. After searching Heinrich’s Annandale, Minn., residence July 28, investigators found 19 three-ring binders filled with pornographic images of young boys, a computer hard drive filled with images, and a collection of VHS tapes containing images of children doing ordinary things, U.S. On that warm October night, the 11-year-old, his younger brother, Trevor, and friend Aaron Larson were riding their bikes to a Tom Thumb store to rent a video. As they headed home, a masked man with a gun appeared on the remote road, told the boys to lie face down in the roadside ditch and asked each their ages before ordering them to run into the woods and not look back — all but Jacob.

Attorney Andrew Luger, center, addresses a press conference, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Minneapolis, where federal charges stemming from a long-term child exploitation investigation were announced against Daniel Heinrich. Other items found at the home include VHS videotapes showing boys riding on bikes and playing on playgrounds, apparently shot by Heinrich from a hidden location, according to Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner. • In 1990, Heinrich gave the FBI permission to take an impression of the tires on the 1982 Ford EXP he had during the time of the abduction. Because of advances in technology, a previous sample of Heinrich’s DNA was matched to a kidnapping and sexual assault case from January 1989 involving a 12-year-old boy from Cold Spring, Minn.

However, an FBI special agent, Shane Ball, cautioned in the document that “an exact match” of such impressions would have to be based on unique characteristics of the tire shoe, such as a scuff or wear mark. “No such unique markings were present,” Ball wrote. • According to the criminal complaint, Heinrich was a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard out of Willmar. Heinrich could not be charged in the Cold Spring assault because the statute of limitations had expired, but new evidence served as the basis for a warrant to search his house in Annandale, Minn., on July 28. Following the assault, Scheierl pushed from the car into a ditch and told that if he turned around he would be shot. “This isn’t someone new to us,” Sanner said about Henrich. Jacob Wetterling’s parents issued a statement Thursday that said: “The search for Jacob is an ongoing investigation and we will watch and learn like everyone else. We know what you all know. “For 26 long years we have said that somebody knows something,” the family said. “If you know anything about his man, his ties to St.

He hasn’t been seen since but the case has continued to make news over the past 26 years, as names of potential suspects surfaced and faded and as investigators checked out potential new leads. Joseph in 1989 and his victimization of children or since, please call the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department at 320-259-3700 or 320-656-6625. “We also need to point out the obvious. And in 2010, investigators dug up a half dozen truckloads of dirt and ash from a farm property near where Jacob was taken, a property that had been searched twice before.

And last year, investigators announced they were taking a new look into whether the abduction was linked to similar stranger assault cases in nearby Paynesville in 1986 and 1987. On Thursday, a brother of the former suspect said that family hopes the investigation will bring closure to the Wetterlings and end longtime suspicion directed at his brother, and that it comes as a blessing to their father, who is in hospice care with little time left to live.

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