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    For Wetterlings, It’s Been A Long Road To Answers
    October 29, 2015 11:21 PM By John Lauritsen

    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Since his abduction, Jacob’s family has been through a roller coaster of memories, anniversaries, and false hope.
    Through their grief, the Wetterlings have worked to help other families of missing and exploited children.

    [...]
    “There’s no explanation. I don’t feel anger. I just want him home,” Jacob’s mother Patty Wetterling said the day after he was abducted.

    That day his father Jerry urged Jacob to stay strong.

    “I’m very optimistic,” he said. :My son is very intelligent, and if he can pull through he’ll do so.”

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    UPDATE: 26 years later, ‘person of interest’ named in Jacob Wetterling disappearance
    By Forum News Service on Oct 29, 2015 at 1:45 p.m.


    Daniel Heinrich ------- Abductor Sketch ------- Daniel Heinrich 1990 link

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Twenty-six years after the disappearance of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling brought national media attention to central Minnesota, a person of interest in the case has been named.
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    Authorities say Daniel James Heinrich, 52, of Annandale, was identified by authorities after being the subject of a child pornography investigation. The U.S. Attorney’s office said Thursday a search warrant had been executed at Heinrich’s home seeking evidence in a Jan. 13, 1989 kidnapping near Cold Spring and Wetterling’s disappearance on Oct. 22, 1989, near St. Joseph.
    MISSING CHILDREN: Stearns County abduction cases have been linked before
    By Stephanie Dickrell, St. Cloud Times on Oct 29, 2015 at 10:03 p.m.

    [...]
    On Thursday, officials announced that DNA evidence connected Daniel Heinrich to that Cold Spring case. On the basis of that evidence, they were able to obtain a warrant where evidence of child pornography was discovered.

    Heinrich is considered a person of interest in the Wetterling case, but officials emphasized that Heinrich has not been charged in that case and he has denied any involvement.

    However, anyone with information about Heinrich's activities in the late 1980s and early 1990s is asked to contact authorities.

    Whether a link existed between those two cases has been investigated since Wetterling was taken in October 1989, Sherrif Sanner said.

    [...]
    The boy [Cold Springs victim] described his attacker as a man wearing military fatigues and black boots, possibly military boots. The abductor had husky shoulders and a low-pitched, raspy voice.

    [...]
    The boys in the Wetterling case described the kidnapper as wearing dark clothing and black boots. The man also was described as having a raspy voice.

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    Searching for Jacob: A timeline of an 11-year-old boy's disappearance
    By St. Cloud Times on Oct 29, 2015 at 9:52 p.m.

    It's been 26 years since Jacob Wetterling disappeared. Countless hours of investigation have led federal agents to a person of interest. The search to find Jacob continues, and the St. Cloud Times presents the timeline that spans more than a quarter of a century.

    Oct. 22, 1989: Eleven-year-old Jacob Erwin Wetterling is abducted by a masked gunman about 9:15 p.m. along 91st Avenue, southeast of St. Joseph. Firefighters and 35 officers from the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies search the area. Two local FBI agents and five from Minneapolis are assigned to the case. A state helicopter with a searchlight searches the nearby woods and fields. A command post is set up at Del-Win Ballroom in St. Joseph. Searches are called off at 3 a.m. until daybreak.

    Oct. 23, 1989: The search resumes at 8 a.m. Department of Natural Resources officers use all-terrain vehicles to search a 2-mile radius around the abduction site. Helicopters fly over a 25-square-mile area. A Minneapolis bloodhound leads officers to tire tracks, prompting officers to believe the kidnapper had a car nearby. By 1:30 p.m., fliers are distributed.

    Oct. 24, 1989: An FBI expert in psychological profiles flies in from Washington, D.C., to join about 14 other investigators.

    [...]

    July 2, 2010: Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner said investigators released “a number of items” during a search of the St. Joseph Township property. It could take months for the items to be analyzed. Sanner calls Dan Rassier, a man who lives at the property, a person of interest in Jacob’s disappearance.

    [..]

    2014-2015: The Stearns County Sheriff's Office, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the FBI conducted a full, cold-case review of the Wetterling case. It resulted in the identification of leads and other avenues of investigation. Authorities say examination of DNA evidence connected Heinrich to a sexual assault case of a 12-year-old boy in Cold Spring, 10 months before Jacob disappeared. On the basis of that evidence, authorities obtained a search warrant. Authorities say evidence of child pornography was discovered.

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    Danny Heinrich on Wetterling investigators' radar since 1989
    By: Courtney Godfrey
    Posted:Oct 29 2015 09:32PM CDT
    Updated:Oct 30 2015 01:27PM CDT

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    Robert Dudley wrote a book on the investigation and said this break in the case doesn’t come as a surprise to him. The author is only the most recent to hand over evidence pointing to Heinrich.

    [...]

    A private investigator, whose notes are used in Dudley's book, interviewed a man once considered the main suspect in the case.

    "That suspect actually suggested that Heinrich had committed the crime,” Dudley said. “He described Heinrich's car, and police scanner radio as being very similar to that in Jared's case."

    [...]

    "I sent the notes to Stearns County and the FBI and I don't know if it was helpful or not,” he said.

    (continued with video at the link)

    FBI names person of interest in Jacob Wetterling abduction
    Posted:Oct 29 2015 12:43PM CDT
    Updated:Oct 30 2015 08:57AM CDT

    [...]

    According to the complaint, the person of interest acknowledged that he had child porn in his home, stating that some of the things law enforcement would find are "pretty damning...

    "Heinrich faces significant prison time if convicted on the child pornography charges. He made an appearance in federal court in St. Paul on Thursday and will have a detention hearing in the near future.
    Annandale Man Named 'Person of Interest' in Jacob Wetterling Case
    By KSTP TV on Oct 29, 2015 at 3:35 p.m.

    [...]

    Investigators say they found more than 100 pictures of suspected child pornography at the home. They say they found 19 three-ring binders that were full of images of children, including naked, young boys. Some of them were known child victims, Luger said.

    They also found hours of videos, apparently recorded by Heinrich, of neighborhood children delivering newspapers, riding bikes, playing on playgrounds and participating in sports.

    [...]

    Luger said Heinrich was interviewed by investigators about the disappearance of Wetterling, and he denied any involvement in it. Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner also said Heinrich was looked at “very closely” in 1989 and 1990, and that he is “not someone new to us.”
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    Good overview from MPR with 22 minutes of audio. Includes many relevant links .

    Explaining the Jacob Wetterling case: Where it stands
    Meg Martin , MPR News Staff · Oct 30, 2015
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    A new link to Jacob? String of similar assaults in late '80s near Paynesville draws fresh scrutiny
    By Jenna Ross and Pam Louwagie Star Tribune
    October 31, 2015 — 11:16pm

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    In May 1987, the Paynesville Press alerted residents to the assaults, including the death threats. A sergeant said that police needed “all the help we can get” in apprehending a man who they believed was targeting boys downtown and following them home or lying in wait and accosting them after dark. The attacks were scattered, taking place by a river, a hockey rink, a store, a middle school playground and an alley, the article said.

    “The kids are scared,” Sgt. Bill Drager told the newspaper.

    The article’s author, Darlene Thyen, now 73, said Saturday that even after covering the story, she never considered a connection between the assaults and Jacob’s abduction, which took place about a half-hour away.

    [...]
    On the night Jacob disappeared, a masked man with a gun appeared on a rural road leading to the Wetterling house. He told the boys to lie face down in a nearby ditch and asked each his age. He then ordered Trevor and Aaron to run to the woods and not look back. By the time the two boys looked back, Jacob and the masked man were gone.

    The Paynesville assailant also was often masked. One boy described the mask as looking like it was made of indoor-outdoor candy-striped carpeting. Another time the man had “blackened everything — so that you couldn’t make out anything on his face,” the Paynesville newspaper reported.
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    Live stream at 12:15 p.m.: Wetterlings to speak publicly today about arrest of 'person of interest'

    http://www.inforum.com/news/3874491-...erson-interest
    Who MURDERED Susan Spiller?
    Community activist found dead of complex homicidal violence in her North Minneapolis home. Back door kicked in.
    July 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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    Jacob Wetterling's Parents Encourage More People to Come Forward
    Updated: 11/03/2015 1:03 PM - Created: 11/02/2015 12:00 PM
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    By: Jennie Lissarrague

    [...]

    “Thank you so much for being part of our journey for 26 years,” Jerry Wetterling said at the news conference. “We are so very, very grateful for all of the work that has gotten us to where we are today."

    "No one plays a more important role than you, everyday citizens," Jerry Wetterling said. "Reporting that little piece of information, when added to all of the other pieces of information, will help solve the puzzle.”

    “I really believe someone in this community knows,” Patty Wetterling added. “We are really, really proud of Jared (Scheierl) and all of the victims who came forward in Paynesville. There may be other victims. There may be other stories to share.”

    [...]

    “Child sexual abuse and abduction is something we can’t tolerate,” Patty Wetterling said. “We have to focus on preventing these things from happening so that no other family would have to go through this. We can’t tolerate the victimization of children. We have to teach our children how to not grow up and harm others.”

    [...]

    “The one question that we have said for 26 years is, ‘Where’s Jacob? Where is Jacob?’ And that’s what we’re always going to ask,” Patty Wetterling said. “That’s what we’ve been trying to find for all of these years.”
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    DNA Advancements Lead Investigators to Developments in Wetterling Abduction
    "In 1990, Daniel Heinrich gave federal investigators samples of his body hair. The hairs were placed under glass slides, labeled and delivered to a lab where they sat for 26 years.
    In May, an investigator with the Wright County Sheriff’s Office turned the slides into the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for testing. The final report concluded the body hairs submitted by Heinrich matched hair samples found on a 12-year old boy who was assaulted in Cold Spring in 1989."
    More at link...
    http://kstp.com/article/stories/s3951355.shtml

    What We Know About 'Person of Interest' in Jacob Wetterling Disappearance
    http://kstp.com/article/stories/s3948870.shtml


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    Witness In Wetterling Abduction Speaks On Heinrich’s Arrest
    November 4, 2015 6:00 PM By Liz Collin

    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Jacob Wetterling’s best friend Aaron Larson says his gut tells him the new person of interest in the case could very well be the masked man who told him to run the night Jacob was kidnapped.

    “It gives you chills,” he said. “I will say it’s a feeling I hadn’t had from looking at any pictures of other people.”

    Aaron Larson lives in southwest Minnesota now with two children of his own. He says investigators have never talked to him about Danny Heinrich.
    Jacob Wetterling's Best Friend Says There's No Reason to Give Up Hope
    Posted: Nov 04, 2015 5:30 PM CST - Updated: Nov 05, 2015 8:56 AM CST
    By Ashley Hanley, Reporter

    [...]

    Jacob Wetterling and Aaron Larson were two peas in a pod.

    Larson says, “He was my best friend. We were always together and just doing whatever kids and little boys enjoy doing.”
    Until a masked gunman took that all away.

    Larson says, “I was the last person who saw Jacob. We looked alike, we were the same age. You always think, why did he take Jacob and not me?

    The boys were riding their bikes to get a movie just down the road from Jacob’s house.

    Larson says, “In the small town of St. Joe, nobody locked their doors at that time. It was a safe place. You should be safe as a child to ride bikes and go get a movie. But we never stop looking for Jacob.”

    And over the last 26 years Jacob’s always been with him.
    Wetterling Friend: ‘It’s Tough to Be Patient’ for Answers
    Updated: 11/04/2015 10:19 PM - Created: 11/04/2015 9:45 PM KSTP.com
    By: Eric Chaloux

    [...]

    5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reporter Eric Chaloux asked Larson, “Take me back to the moment when you heard about a person of interest in Jacob's case."

    Larson said, “I think it was kind of shock at first, my heart was racing."

    Chaloux asked, “That night did you ever see a face of the person who took Jacob?”

    Larson responded, “No, he had a mask on, so all we could see was the physical description and the voice."

    It was a man’s voice—that told him and Jacob's brother to run and not look back—as Jacob lay in a ditch.

    "Each day some aspect of the whole thing goes through my mind," Larson said.
    Jacob Wetterling's best friend says he needs to hear Heinrich's voice
    By: Paul Blume
    Posted:Nov 05 2015 04:57PM CST - Updated:Nov 06 2015 02:30PM CST

    (KMSP) - Aaron Larson, who was there when his best friend Jacob Wetterling was abducted on October 22, 1989, absolutely believes his memories from that terrifying night could help give today’s investigators a missing piece to the puzzle of Wetterling’s disappearance

    [...]

    Larson has not spoken to case investigators in years. He says no one with law enforcement reached out before last week's bombshell announcement about Heinrich

    [...]

    “Yeah, I would like to hear his voice. It's tough. 26 years now. When you get into the legal aspect of voice recognition, you are talking a whole different ballgame, but also there is a gut feeling,” Larson says.

    Aaron admits he was stunned to read about Heinrich’s shoe prints and tire tracks that appeared to be spot on matches to evidence gathered at the scene of the abduction.
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    Patty Wetterling opens up about Heinrich
    Karla Hult, KARE
    11 12:57 p.m. EST November 6, 2015

    [...]

    One day after a "person of interest" in Jacob Wetterling's abduction appeared in court on unrelated charges, Patty Wetterling sat down for an exclusive interview with KARE 11 at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children just outside Washington, D.C..

    "I needed to come out here and do what I could. And renew. It's a place of renewal for me," she said about the center she and husband Jerry first contacted one day after Jacob's abduction on Oct. 22, 1989.

    Today, Patty is the chair of the organization's board of directors.

    "It's an honor. I'm very humbled. But it's an opportunity to give back for me," she said

    video of the interview at the link
    Wetterlings seek answers, believe Jacob can be found
    By Robb Jeffries on Nov 4, 2015 at 1:31 p.m.

    [...]

    “We still don’t know who took Jacob,” Patty Wetterling said. “We have as many questions or more as all of you. We will let law enforcement and the courts and the process to continue.

    “The one question we have said for 26 years is ‘Where’s Jacob?’ And that’s all we’re going to ask.”


    Patty Wetterling: 'I still always, always have hope'
    Sara Pelissero, KARE
    6:42 p.m. EST November 3, 2015

    [...]

    Fighting through emotion, Patty spoke strongly about the role of everyone to protect children -- to make sure what has happened to them never happens to another family.

    "Child sexual abuse and abduction is something we cannot tolerate," she said. "I refuse to be silent."

    "I know there's more good people in the world than bad and when good people pull together, amazing things happen," she said. "And that's what we need to focus on. I've been focusing on the world that Jacob knew and believed in before all of this time. I want us to remember that and I want us to still know that hope is real. Hope is what Jacob knew. It is a verb. You don't sit back and hope that good things happen. It is all of you showing up."

    "I will still always, always hope," she said.

    [...]

    "We will hope and pray that one day we will have that answer to the question we've asked forever: 'Where is Jacob?' Somebody knows and we're begging for those answers."

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    1st Person Of Interest In Wetterling Abduction Wants His Name Cleared
    November 5, 2015 9:24 PM By Esme Murphy

    [...]
    But there was another person of interest named publicly in 2010. Dan Rassier is a school band teacher, and Wetterling was abducted at the end of his quarter-mile-long driveway.

    Rassier became the prime suspect in 2004 when authorities finally identified a set of tire tracks at the abduction scene. The driver of that car was ruled out. That is when authorities confronted him.

    [...]

    “Probable cause makes all these people think that, ‘What is there on this guy?'” Rassier said.

    He says it was especially difficult for his father, Robert, who died Saturday — three days after Heinrich was arrested.

    Rassier says a family friend reached out to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office to see if authorities could clear Rassier before his father passed. The friend was told authorities are not ready to do that.

    “He always said he didn’t want to die until this was solved,” Rassier said.

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    Jacob Wetterling 'person of interest' ordered held without bail
    By Mary Divine
    Posted: 11/04/2015 12:01:00 AM CST

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    The evidence, U.S. Magistrate Judge Tony Leung said, "creates a chilling context and a gravity of danger to the community" as he ordered Heinrich, 52, of Annandale, held without bail and ruled that prosecutors could proceed with their case against him.

    Leung also cited Heinrich's "long history of attraction and fixation on" young boys as a reason he will remain jailed.
    Heinrich, who was named last week as a "person of interest" in the 1989 abduction of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling, remained silent throughout the proceedings.

    Dressed in a government-issued mustard-yellow shirt, orange pants and orange slip-on shoes, Heinrich sat on the right side of the courtroom. Beside him were his lawyers, assistant federal public defender Reynaldo Aligada Jr. and Katherian Roe, the chief federal public defender in Minnesota.
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    From the May 1987 victims...

    Paynesville Victim Speaks Out: ‘It’s Time For Some Answers’
    November 12, 2015 6:31 PM By Esme Murphy

    [...]

    In a handwritten part of a police report, Mitch described what happened next.

    “All of a sudden someone grabbed me by the throat and pulled me off my bike. I screamed as he grabbed me by the testicles. I told him that this was the second time he got me.”

    Court documents and another police report show that Mitch had been attacked by the same man three months earlier.

    “He yelled he already had gotten him and the guy let him go and he ran away, and my friend stayed and I ran for help,” Craig said. “When he ran away, he was very fast. … He appeared very strong when he got my friend off the bike. He manhandled him.”

    The attacker never spoke.
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