Nearly 27 years after Jacob Wetterling was abducted near his home in St. Joseph, Minn., the mystery of what happened to him was solved in September 2016 when Daniel James Heinrich told authorities where Jacob was buried.
A task force formed to find missing 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling in 1989 wasted time chasing far-flung leads and listening to psychics rather than tracking compelling evidence close to home, Don Gudmundson said.
No. 3 Jacob Wetterling was 11 when he was abducted while riding on his bike near St. Joseph, Minn., 26 years ago. Danny James Heinrich, who was charged with possessing child pornography, is a person of interest in the case.
Daniel James Heinrich, 52, was charged with receipt and possession of child pornography and also named as a person of interest in 1989 Jacob Wetterling disappearance 26 years ago. The press conference announcing the charges was held at the Federal Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015.
Daniel James Heinrich of Annandale, Minn., was charged Thursday with possessing child pornography and has been named by authorities as a person of interest in the disappearance of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling 26 years ago.
Authorities now believe the string of 1980s assaults of boys 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.
A man identified last week as a "person of interest" in the kidnapping of Jacob Wetterling 26 years ago will remain in custody on child pornography charges, a federal magistrate ruled Wednesday morning.
Investigators have long explored possible links between the Jared Scheierl assault and Jacob Wetterling abduction. "The whole reason I kept on continuing this was for the sake of the Wetterlings finding answers," Scheierl says.
Billboards will blanket the St. Joseph, Minn., area in a new effort to find Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted 25 years ago this month. The six billboards will feature a photo of Jacob as a kid and a picture of what he might look like at age 36.
Jacob Wetterling was abducted Oct. 22, 1989 while heading home from a local convenience store with his best friend, Aaron Larson, 11, and younger brother, Trevor, 10. The kidnapping occurred shortly after 9 p.m.