A lifelong resident of Minnesota, Michael Brodkorb is an experienced communications, social media, public affairs & research consultant and is an observer of all things political. He also blogs at politics.mn. He lives in Eagan with his family.

"The Hunt" brings a new push to find Jacob Wetterling

Posted by: Michael Brodkorb under Crime Updated: September 2, 2014 - 12:54 PM

John Walsh, whose son Adam was kidnapped and murdered in 1981, is back on television with a new program on CNN called "The Hunt".

Tonight's program focused on the kidnapping of 11 year old Jacob Wetterling from St. Joseph, Minnesota on October 22, 1989. When Jacob was kidnapped 25 years ago, I remember all of the media attention and the posters of Jacob, which appeared everywhere across Minnesota.

Now over two decades later since Jacob disappeared, the terror of a child being randomly kidnapped hasn't diminished. As a father, the story was painful to watch. I was amazed at the strength shown by Jacob's parents, Patty and Jerry Wetterling. 

In the past few days, Patty published five questions for her "son's abductor" - a gut-wrenching list of questions. Each questions was clearly asked with a specific purpose and filled with the hope of a mother that each would be answered. Someday. 

I watched the show tonight - twice - and then dropped my planned post to get some well deserved attention and new focus on the show and on Jacob. The program features the work of Joy Baker, a freelance writer, who has found similarities between earlier attacks on boys in an area close to where Jacob disappered. The program showed how everyone in the community and Jacob's family has never given-up on bringing Jacob home. Just where kids should be - safe at home.  

Picture source: CNN 

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