Wetterling's remains found: 'Our hearts are broken'

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - The remains of Jacob Wetterling have been found, according to his mother, Patty. 

Patty Wetterling told KARE 11's Caroline Lowe via text Saturday morning, "All I can confirm is that Jacob has been found and our hearts are broken. I am not responding to any media yet as I have no words.” 

Authorities have not yet confirmed if Jacob Wetterling's remains have been found or if new information has been revealed in the case.  

Wetterling disappeared in October of 1989 after he was on a bike ride home from a convenience store. Wetterling, who was 11 years old at the time, was kidnapped by a masked man who approached him, his brother and a friend on a rural Stearns County road. The man threatened the other two boys and told them to run into the woods and never look back. 

RELATED:  Timeline of Jacob’s abduction

Despite an intensive investigation and non-stop efforts by Patty Wetterling and her husband Jerry to keep Jacob's case in the public eye, he has never been found -- until this possible development. 

Authorities arrested 52-year-old Danny Heinrich of Annandale last fall, and declared him a "person of interest" in the Wetterling abduction. They recovered books of child pornography, and a DNA sample tying Heinrich to the kidnapping and sexual assault of another Stearns County boy from the same time period of Jacob's abduction. No charges can be filed in that case, however, as the statute of limitations has passed. 

David Heinrich, Danny's brother, told Lowe that he learned about Wetterling's story Saturday morning.  

"I want the Wetterlings to know I had no idea," a very emotional David Heinrich said to Lowe. "My prayers are with them. I am happy for them that they know, not that he’s passed, but at least they have closure."

Heinrich remains incarcerated, awaiting trial next month on child pornography charges. 


Authorities are not saying anything in this case. KARE 11 is working to gather more information and will update as soon as it is available. 

RELATED:  Patty Wetterling writes to Jacob on birthday


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