“All I can confirm is that Jacob has been found and our hearts are broken,” his mother Patty Wetterling said Saturday.
Authorities have located the remains of Jacob Wetterling, who disappeared in his hometown of St. Joseph, Minnesota, 27 years ago and has never been found.
KARE 11 reported that Patty Wetterling, Jacob’s mother,confirmed that Jacob’s remains have been found.
“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,” Patty told KARE 11 this morning.
The Jacob Wetterling Resource Center released a statement on its Facebook page about the discovery:
“We are in deep grief. We didn’t want Jacob’s story to end this way. In this moment of pain and shock, we go back to the beginning. The Wetterlings had a choice to walk into bitterness and anger or to walk into a light of what could be, a light of hope. Their choice changed the world.”
KSTP reported earlier that a man suspected in Wetterling’s disappearance, Danny Heinrich, has provided information that led to authorities to recovering the unidentified remains.
The KSTP sources say the remains were found in an undisclosed location somewhere in central Minnesota.
WCCO reported the FBI took Heinrich out of jail at least twice this week. In the last few days, authorities pressed Heinrich for information on the case.
Henrich, 52, from Annandale, was named a person of interest in the Wetterling case last year.
In October 2015, Heinrich was arrested and charged with five counts of possessing and receiving child pornography.
Here’s the sketch of Jacob Wetterling suspect. Here’s what the man arrested looks like now pic.twitter.com/vSObNYrMeZ
— Jennifer Mayerle (@jennifermayerle) October 29, 2015
U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said the charges resulted from a “long-term child exploitation investigation.”
Wetterling was 11 when he was abducted on Oct. 22, 1989.
Wetterling’s friend and his younger brother say the three were biking when a masked gunman approached and told them to lay down.
The other two boys were then told to run away. Wetterling hadn’t been seen since.