The remains of Jacob Wetterling, a boy who disappeared in 1989, have been located, Stearns County investigators said.
On Saturday, the remains were identified as Jacob’s by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner and a forensic odontologist.
However, Stearns County Sheriff’s Office did not say whether anybody was charged in the crime. New evidence will be looked into by the authorities, after which they will “be in a position to provide more detailed information early next week,” as reported by CNN.
Jacob Wetterling remains found in undisclosed location
The remains, including Jacob’s bones and other evidence, were discovered on Wednesday and Friday at an undisclosed location in Stearns County, as reported by KSTP. Executive Producer of Investigations Paul McEnroe was told by sources that the person of interest in the case, Danny Heinrich, led the authorities to the scene where the remains had been buried.
On October 22, 1989, 11-year-old Jacob was abducted near his home in St. Joseph, Minnesota. He, his brother, and a friend were stopped by a man wearing a mask while the three were riding their bikes. The masked man kidnapped Jacob and ordered his brother and friend to run away to a nearby area and not look back.
Former FBI supervisor Al Garber spoke with KARE 11 on November 2015 about Heinrich’s 1989 arrest. Heinrich was taken into custody on October 2015 on child pornography charges; the DNA collected at the time of the arrest was connected with the incident of Jacob’s disappearance.
Jacob Wetterling found in Stearns County
At the time, Garber said that Heinrich was being investigated as a possible suspect in Jacob’s disappearance. However, there was not enough substantial evidence to charge Heinrich for the crime.
On Saturday, Jacob’s mother, Patricia Wetterling, shared a message on social media. “Our family is drawing strength from all your love & support. We’re struggling with words at this time. Thank you for your hope. #jacobshope,” the tweet reads.
“We are in deep grief. We didn’t want Jacob’s story to end this way,” The Jacob Wetterling Resource Center said in a statement. “Our hearts are heavy, but we are being held up by all of the people who have been a part of making Jacob’s Hope a light that will never be extinguished. It shines on in a different way. We are, and we will continue to be, Jacob’s Hope.”
Our family is drawing strength from all your love & support. We're struggling with words at this time. Thank you for your hope. #jacobshope
— Patricia Wetterling (@pattywetterling) September 3, 2016