Suspect named in Jacob Wetterling’s disappearance from 1989 in Minnesota

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

MINNEAPOLIS — Federal authorities are investigating a man arrested for child pornography for potential involvement in the 1989 abduction of an 11-year-old boy who is still missing. The pervert had 19 binders filled with images of naked boys, many of whom detectives identified as known children of sexual exploitation, which are logged in a national database, U.S. attorney Andrew Luger said.MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The family of Jacob Wetterling has released a statement in reaction to Thursday’s announcement of a suspect being named in Jacob’s disappearance. Daniel James Heinrich, 52, was arrested Wednesday and charged with five counts of possessing and receiving child pornography, but has not been charged in connection with the disappearance of the boy, Jacob Wetterling of St. Heinrich also had VHS tapes spanning over a decade with clips he recorded spying neighborhood children doing everyday activities – getting the mail, riding their bikes and playing at the park, officials said.

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. Heinrich’s DNA evidence was found on the boy’s clothes, but he will not be charged for that sexual assault because the statute of limitations had passed, police said. That DNA sample has now been matched to the abduction of a 12-year-old boy near Cold Spring in January 1989, which occurred nine months after Wetterling’s disappearance.

Jacob was riding his bike home from a convenience store Oct. 22, 1989, with his younger brother and a friend when a masked man with a gun appeared and told all the boys to lie down in a ditch at the side of the road. But DNA was discovered on some clothing that may link Heinrich to a boy who was sexually assaulted in 1989, and Heinrich lives in an area where several other boys have been assaulted. The Wetterling family said there were still a lot of questions involving Jacob’s disappearance, but would not be commenting immediately on Heinrich’s arrest.

Scheierl, who looked a lot like Jacob, was grabbed off the street, forced into a car and driven to a remote area where he was violently sexually assaulted. Following the assault Scheierl was dropped off and told that if he turned around he would be shot. “This isn’t someone new to us,” Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner said Thursday. 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.

They said that hundreds of images depicting child pornography were found in three-ring binders in Heinrich’s home, as well as on his computer hard drive. Asked for distinguishing Heinrich being a “person of interest” as opposed to a “suspect,” Sanner said. “I think we’ve given you enough information today … for you to draw your own conclusions. We are not labeling.” An attachment to the criminal complaint said that in January 1990, Heinrich gave the FBI permission to take an impression of the tires on the 1982 Ford he had during the time of the abduction. However, an FBI investigator cautioned in the document that “An exact match of such impressions would have to be based on a unique characteristic of the the tire shoe, such as a scuff, wear mark or divot. No such unique markings were present.” Alison Feigh of the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center said Thursday afternoon that she didn’t know the details, but that Wetterling’s family is working on a statement that will be released after a news conference with authorities at 2 p.m.

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.

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