Suspect named in 1989 Jacob Wetterling disappearance

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Court Documents: Annandale Man, 52, A Suspect In Jacob Wetterling Case.

According to court documents, 52-year-old Daniel James Heinrich of Annandale is the suspect, making him only the second suspect to be named publicly in connection to the disappearance. MINNEAPOLIS — Federal authorities in Minnesota are investigating a man in the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling, whose mother became a national advocate for the cause of missing children after his abduction in 1989. February 1990: With the help of others, Patty and Jerry Wetterling establish a foundation in their son’s name to call attention to child abduction and abuse. That DNA sample has now been matched to the abduction of a 12-year-old boy near Cold Springs in January 1989, which occurred nine months after Wetterling’s disappearance.

An application for a search warrant in that case said 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. Joseph with his brother and a friend when a masked man abducted him at gunpoint. “It was a different world then,” Wetterling’s mother, Patty Wetterling, told WCCO-TV last year. “We didn’t have the Internet…We worked really hard to make sure that every law enforcement agency had a fax machine, they didn’t even have that at that point.” Back then, there were no amber alerts or databases of sex offenders. If you know of anyone who is engaged in looking at producing or sharing child pornography please call the police or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (1-800-The-Lost) so that these people do not harm another child.

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