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xx Jacob Wetterling Located Deceased
« Thread started on: Sep 30th, 2004, 06:51am »

Circumstances: Jacob was last seen the evening of October 22, 1989 returning with his brother and a friend from a convenience store. They were stopped by a masked man with a gun about a half mile from his home in St Joseph, Minnesota. The other two boys were let go, but the masked man took Jacob. Neither Jacob nor the man have been seen since.


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The Jacob Wetterling Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. The Foundation was established in February 1990, four months after Jacob Wetterling, then 11 years old, was abducted at gun-point by a masked man near his home in St. Joseph, Minnesota. Since then, JWF has worked to find missing children and educate children, teens, parents, caregivers and teachers about personal safety

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xx Policing - Luck Will Nab Attacker
« Reply #1 on: Sep 30th, 2004, 06:53am »

It's the rarest kind of abduction, but also the scariest from a public safety standpoint: someone cruising St. Paul's streets, kidnapping one girl briefly, sexually assaulting another and trying to lure several others away.

After five incidents in three weeks, police worry about finding the person responsible because his actions are becoming more brazen. How do investigators accomplish that when all they know are descriptions of cars he has driven, details of what he looks like and his modus operandi?

They can research previous cases, put out extra patrols and check out registered sex offenders. But many times, solving the puzzle comes down to getting the right tip from the public, said St. Paul police Cmdr. Beverly Hall, who's in charge of the family and sexual violence unit.

"The best information can come from the eyes and ears of the community," she said. "We rely on them to help us because we can't know everything."

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xx Warroad man not Wetterling
« Reply #2 on: Oct 6th, 2004, 08:07am »

The Warroad, Minn., man thought by some to resemble an "age-enhanced" image of Jacob Wetterling, the 11-year-old boy abducted by a masked gunman 15 years ago near St. Joseph, Minn., has been ruled out by fingerprints.

Capt. Pam Jensen of the Stearns County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that fingerprints from the Warroad man prove he isn't Wetterling.

Jensen has been in charge of the Wetterling investigation for four years.

"We're up to almost 40,000 leads in this case," she said. "We literally get hundreds a year. But ones this specific, that 'this guy works here,' with a name, etc., we get five or six of those a year."

The lead involving the man in Warroad who works at Marvin Windows and Doors "went a little further because the media kind of ran with it," Jensen said. "We didn't take it as seriously as the media did."

Several tips

It began with several tips about the Warroad man that came in to the Sterns County Sheriff's Department as well as to the Jacob Wetterling Foundation and other points, Jensen said. The tips were anonymous and "could have been from the same person," she said.

Stearns County called the Roseau County Sheriff's Office to ask them to check on the man's identity.

It was a little more difficult than usual to corroborate facts about the man's past, Nelson said, partly because "he had moved around some," said Jeff Nelson, the sheriff's investigator who talked to the man. He offered to make available his fingerprint and dental records. But when Nelson returned asking to take a swab from the man's mouth to obtain DNA evidence, the man balked.

As he has every right to do, Nelson pointed out.

Last week, the story hit the media, although the man, 25, has not been named.

Tuesday, Jensen's office told Nelson that they had obtained the man's fingerprint records from Arizona, where he had been arrested for a traffic offense. The prints prove he's not Wetterling, Jensen said.

'I am not Jacob'

The man himself e-mailed the Herald on Sunday.

"I am not Jacob," he wrote. "I have been harassed at work by the media and at home by the Roseau County Sheriff's Office about the missing boy. I agreed to allow the authorities to take my fingerprints. In addition, I agreed to sign a release form for my dental records. When the investigator returned, he only had a swab and expected me to agree to DNA testing, which I did not agree to do.

"The Roseau County Sheriff's office is showing no sympathy for the parents of Jacob or for the civil rights of innocent hard-working citizens in Warroad. I feel nothing but regret that Jacob's parents may have gotten their hopes up due to a deranged woman's idea that I may be Jacob Wetterling. The woman is known throughout the Warroad area as a substance abuser and having mental illness. Please tell Patty Wetterling I will pray for your son and that she does not need to visit Warroad."

Jensen confirmed that the man had been cooperative, telling investigators where his fingerprint and dental records could be obtained.

"If we had thought that was Jacob Wetterling, we would have been up there the next day," Jensen said. "We would not have had Roseau County go talk to him."

Jensen said she did not know who the woman is who the Warroad man blamed for tipping authorities to his possible resemblance to Wetterling. On the Web site of the Jacob Wetterling Foundation (www.jwf.org) is an image of what authorities think Jacob would look like now.

Investigator Nelson said there is "some similarity" between the man and the age-enhanced

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xx Rising Republican vs. Minnesotan tied to tragedy
« Reply #3 on: Oct 15th, 2004, 11:38pm »

ANOKA, Minn. - Minnesota Democrats' prospects for victory in the 6th District looked bleak earlier this year.

U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy earned his first two terms, and a reputation as a savvy campaigner, by winning tough races. In a district that leans conservative, the talk was of a possible Senate bid in 2006.

That was before the DFL recruited Patty Wetterling, a sympathetic figure statewide as the mother of a kidnapping victim in one of the state's most infamous unsolved crimes. Suddenly, the 6th District race was both fascinating and competitive, one of only a few in Minnesota this year where an incumbent faces a serious threat.

After a mostly tame few months, the race has heated up in recent days, with the Wetterling campaign bristling at a Kennedy ad that featured images of Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. They said it implied that Wetterling was soft on terror.

The campaigns have traded shots at each other's record, with Democrats portraying Kennedy as a Bush administration flunky and Republicans saying Wetterling has flip-flopped on issues to appeal to big-shot Democratic donors.

The stakes are high, as Democrats try to shake up Republicans' growing electoral advantage in the outer suburban ring of the Twin Cities. Wetterling was urged into the race by, among others, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, trying to chip away at the Republicans' slim control of the House.

Democrats hope Wetterling's reputation as an advocate for missing children and young crime victims will appeal to a new category of voters: so-called "security moms," former soccer moms worried about safety after the Sept. 11 attacks.

"In a Republican district like the 6th, she was by far the best choice," said Sarah Janecek, a Republican lobbyist and co-editor of the Politics in Minnesota newsletter. "The appeal there is that Patty Wetterling has lived every suburban mom's nightmare."

In 1989, Wetterling's 11-year-old son, Jacob, was kidnapped at gunpoint near the family's home in the central Minnesota town of St. Joseph. He has never been found, and since then Wetterling has become a nationally known advocate for missing children.

"I've spent 15 years trying to build safer communities," said Wetterling, 54. "When you're talking homeland security, it starts with safe communities, and that's what I know how to

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xx How personal tragedy made a politician ...
« Reply #4 on: Oct 20th, 2004, 7:24pm »

American-made cars fill the parking lot along Main Street and the agony and ecstasy of bingo can be heard on the ground floor of Anoka's American Legion building. It's a warm evening in early October-election season in America. Downstairs in a small, windowless basement with ersatz paneling and patriotic credos on the walls, Patty Wetterling sits on a table in front of the room like the junior high math teacher she was in the blissfully anonymous phase of her life. Arrayed before her are about 20 members (and two supportive wives) from Chapter 430 of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Like Wetterling, these middle-aged men have been shaped by trauma, to the point where post-traumatic stress syndrome is casually referred to by its acronymic shorthand, "PTSS."

Wetterling may be the best-dressed person among them. There's no ceremony to what's going on here. The vets have turned out tonight to figure out whether they need to change their perception of Patty Wetterling.
The vets and Wetterling have enjoyed a special relationship. Like just about every single thing in Wetterling's life, it revolves around the events of October 22, 1989. That day, Patty's son Jacob, then 11, was riding his bike home from renting a movie with his younger brother and a friend. They were accosted in the street by a masked gunman. The man asked each of the boys how old they were, and then told two of them to run into the woods and not look back. Jacob remained with the man. None of his friends or family ever saw him again.

Two months later, to call attention to the kidnapping, members of Chapter 430 staged an 11-mile Walk for Awareness from Elk River to Anoka. The walk became a ritual that has been repeated every December since then-going on 16 years now.

Patty Wetterling charted 91 percent name recognition in the 6th District near the start of her campaign - a higher number than that of her incumbent opponent

But there is a shifting dynamic at play between them tonight. For one thing, both sides have decided to discontinue the Walk for Awareness after this December. For another, Wetterling has come to them, with me and an Associated Press reporter in tow, as the DFL-endorsed candidate for a seat in the U.S. House from Minnesota's Sixth District. Less than a month before the election, Wetterling is not here to coordinate a walk, but to "be an ear" and "gain some perspective" on how the vets want to be represented in Washington.

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xx For Jacob Wetterling on Oct. 22, 2004
« Reply #5 on: Oct 22nd, 2004, 05:20am »

Fifteen (15) years ago today, Jacob Wetterling disappeared without a trace. I wanted to say that I'm thinking of Jacob and his family today and I am hoping that Jacob can come home. May God bless them on this difficult anniversary date.

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xx Jacob Wetterling's disappearance: a 15-year ....
« Reply #6 on: Oct 22nd, 2004, 06:40am »

This article is extremly long so it will not fit into this area provided. I'll post some of it, but the rest can be found by following the article link:

October 1989
- Oct. 22: Eleven-year-old Jacob Erwin Wetterling is abducted by a masked gunman about 9:15 p.m. along 91st Avenue, southeast of St. Joseph.

A short time later, St. Joseph firefighters and about 35 officers from the Stearns County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies search the area. Two local FBI agents and five from Minneapolis are assigned to the case.

A state helicopter equipped with a search light is flown in to search nearby woods and fields. Authorities establish a command post at the Del-Win Ballroom in St. Joseph. Searches are called off about 3 a.m. until daybreak.

- Oct. 23: The search resumes about 8 a.m. with Department of Natural Resources officers using all-terrain vehicles to look for Jacob in woods and fields within a two-mile radius of 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.

People call in tips to a Tri-County Crime Stoppers hot line and the sheriff's department is flooded with phone calls from people offering help. By 1:30 p.m., "Missing" fliers are distributed. Photos are sent to law enforcement agencies in a five-state area.

About 4 p.m., at least 75 College of St. Benedict students begin a 11/2-mile prayer march from the campus to the Del-Win Ballroom. Two hours later, about 250 people lead a second march. College students help distribute fliers.

Investigators begin checking on inmates recently released from Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud. A man staying in an Avon motel is questioned.

- Oct. 24: An FBI expert in psychological profiles flies in from Washington to join about 14 other investigators.

- Oct. 25: Authorities receive several tips that a small red car had been seen in the past three weeks in St. Joseph. About two dozen red cars in the area are investigated.

An FBI profile describes the abductor as a white man, 25 to 35, employed in a low-skilled job with a low self-image probably stemming from a physical deformity such as acne or scars.

About 600 people gather in St. Joseph Church to pray and offer strength to the Wetterlings.

- Oct. 26: At 11:30 a.m., about 30 horses and riders from at least five southern Minnesota counties form a volunteer posse and begin searching one mile east of St. Joseph.

About 50 officers, including at least 20 FBI agents, sift through hundreds of tips. A group of anonymous Twin Cities business leaders offers a $100,000 reward for Jacob's safe return within 72 hours.

"A Current Affair," a nationally syndicated television program, broadcasts Jacob's story. Community volunteers distribute white ribbons with "Jacob's Hope" printed on them.

- Oct. 27: Authorities dismiss the theory that the gunman escaped in a red car. An art student said he was in the area looking for scenes to sketch and may have appeared suspicious to some residents.

The Wetterlings appear on "CBS This Morning." At 7 a.m., radio stations statewide broadcast Jacob's favorite song, "Listen" by Red Grammer.

Gov. Rudy Perpich offers National Guard troops' help in looking for Jacob. Officials release an artist's sketch of a man who tried to abduct a Stearns County boy earlier that summer, believing the two incidents could have

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xx Statewide Amber Alert Test Today in MN
« Reply #7 on: Oct 22nd, 2004, 11:31am »

St. Paul (AP) A live, statewide test of Minnesota's Amber Alert system will be held today.

The system is tested every year on the anniversary of Jacob Wetterling's abduction. It was 15 years ago today that a masked gunman abducted Jacob near his St. Joseph home.

Today's test starts shortly after one pm and will last less than 30 seconds.

Broadcasters air Amber Alerts to alert the public whenever a child is abducted. The alert sends a description of a missing child and of a suspect's vehicle to state broadcasters and electronic highway signs.

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xx Sartell raises money for new police dog
« Reply #8 on: Nov 28th, 2004, 09:40am »

SARTELL Public donations brought in enough money for the Sartell Police Department to look for a new police dog.
So far, about $8,820 has come into the department through public donations and about $500 has come in through food donations, Chief Jim Hughes said. That should be enough to get the new dog, he said.

"Without the donations, it would've been pretty tough because of the expense of the animal," he said. "It's really neat that they came together as a community to do this."

The City Council has approved the department's efforts to get the dog. And, the department is looking at two, one in Michigan and one in New Jersey.

A new dog will be used for tracking, finding drugs and apprehending suspects. Hughes wants to find an already-trained dog so that the department's program can resume quickly.

The department's dog retired in August because of health reasons.

Because the department didn't have the money for another dog, it turned to the public for help.

A Sartell man's donation in honor of Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted more than 15 years ago near St. Joseph, and Joshua Guimond, a St. John's University student who went missing more than two years ago, started the donations.

The department still is taking donations to help support it police dog program. Any money left after the department buys a dog will be used to buy equipment, help with training and handle any unexpected costs.

If you'd like to see a list of people who donated, log on to Sartell's Web site at www.sartellmn.org. If you want to donate, call the department at 251-8186
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xx Group says 3-day walk for Jacob will be its last
« Reply #9 on: Dec 17th, 2004, 08:02am »

A group of veterans will begin a 60-mile walk today from Anoka to the home of Jacob Wetterling in St. Joseph.
While the three-day walk has gone on every five years for the past 15 years, this will be the last one for the group. On the off years, the group has done a shorter walk from Anoka to Elk River.

"Everything has to come to an end," walk organizer Mike Clark said. "I was in my 40s in 1989, now I'm 58."

The walk started the December after the abduction of 11-year-old Wetterling. Wetterling was taken at gunpoint Oct. 22, 1989, near his family's home in St. Joseph Township. He has never been found and no one has been arrested in connection with his disappearance.

The three-day walk is intended to raise awareness for missing children, Clark said. The Anoka County chapter No. 470 of the Viet Nam Veterans of American is sponsoring the walk.

The walkers start from the Anoka County government center. They'll continue along U.S. Highway 10 until eventually reaching St. Joseph on Sunday morning. They intend to light a candle at the abduction site and then attend a reception at the Wetterling home.

Jerry Wetterling, Jacob's father, will walk this year.

"I'm going to do the whole thing if my feet will hold up," he said. "I made it five years ago and hope to do it again."

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xx Re: Jacob Wetterling - Oct. 22, 1989 - MN
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Paul E. Gillmor introduced legislation in Congress Tuesday to create a national database of sex offenders that citizens could access through the Internet.

The National Sex Offender Registry Act would use existing law enforcement records submitted by state attorneys general under the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act. This legislation would put the data submitted into a nationwide registry available to anyone with Internet access.

"Some states have these databases, but many do not," said Gillmor, R-Old Fort. "There is currently no accessible nationwide database of sexual offenders available to ensure the safety of families across America. Since sex offenders do not stop at state lines, registries of sex offenders should not stop there either.

"If you are a parent and are moving to a state without a sex offender database, you have no way of knowing whether or not your neighbor has a criminal sexual history. That is unacceptable."

The Jacob Wetterling Act requires that any person who is convicted of any crime against a minor or who is convicted of a sexually violent offense against anyone register a current address with a designated state law enforcement agency for at least 10 years. A person who is judged to be a sexually violent predator must register with a state law enforcement agency for their lifetime.

The National Sex Offender Registry Act would create a database available to anyone with Internet access and would allow users to choose the geographic radius in which to search the location of predators near their current and/or future residence.

States that do not comply within three years of the enactment of this act would lose funds totaling 25 percent of those allocated to them by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. In turn, the states that do comply will receive additional funds forfeited by those non-compliant states.

Gillmor first introduced the National Sex Offender Registry Act in March 2004. The legislation passed in the U.S. Senate in November but did not come up for a vote in the House.

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xx Re: Jacob Wetterling - Oct. 22, 1989 - MN
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Dedicated Police Officers continue to follow up on every conceivable possibility surrounding Jacob's abduction. In this article 11 monks of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, MN with allegations of sexual offenses against them are investigated in connection with Jacob's abduction as well as the stabbing deaths of 2 girls, 12 and 15.
http://www.startribune.com/stories/1697/2828020.html

The murder of the 2 girls Mary and Susanne Reker may or may not be related to Jacob's disappearance, but here are some links to their tragic story.
http://www.startribune.com/stories/1697/2823149.html
http://www.free-webspace.biz/thevictims/reker.html
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xx Re: Jacob Wetterling - Oct. 22, 1989 - MN
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The Pioneer Press has the following articles on Jacob's abduction and the search efforts which followed. Many years later police located the driver of the red car in the first article and concluded that he had nothing to do with the abduction.
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SMALL RED CAR SPOTTED NEAR KIDNAPPING SITE

Source: Les Suzukamo, Staff Writer
In their first break in a frustrating kidnapping with few leads, police on Tuesday began asking the public to help them find a car that may have been used by the masked gunman who abducted 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling.Authorities said several people have reported seeing a small red car, possibly a Chevette, in the vicinity of the site where Jacob disappeared Sunday night.The information about the car was among the more than 300 telephone tips police began sifting through Tuesday.

Published on October 25, 1989, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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PHONE TIPS CHECKED IN ST. JOSEPH KIDNAP

Source: Les Suzukamo, Staff Writer
Police looking for a kidnapped 11-year-old boy here began sifting through more than 300 telephone tips Tuesday, hoping to find a clue to the whereabouts of Jacob Wetterling.Authorities on Tuesday continued to search the 12- to 15-mile area around rural St. Joseph where Jacob was abducted Sunday evening, but Stearns County Sheriff Charlie Grafft said police doubt the boy and his kidnapper are still in Minnesota."It seems to me that it would be extremely doubtful that (the

Published on October 25, 1989, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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FBI PROFILE SUGGESTS TENDENCIES OF BOY'S KIDNAPPER ( 691 words )

Source: Les Suzukamo, Staff Writer
The man who abducted 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling is likely a white loner with a physical deformity who committed a similar crime in his past, according to an FBI psychological profile released Wednesday.Special Agent Jeffrey Jamar, head of the FBI office for Minnesota and the Dakotas, issued the profile to enlist the public's help in finding Jacob, who has been missing since he was abducted at gunpoint Sunday night by a masked man with a pistol on an deserted rural road near his

Published on October 26, 1989, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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FBI KIDNAPPER PROFILE SUGGESTS WHITE LONER

Source: Les Suzukamo, Staff Writer
The man who abducted 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling is likely a white loner with a physical deformity who committed a similar crime in his past, according to an FBI psychological profile released Wednesday.Special Agent Jeffrey Jamar, head of the FBI office for Minnesota and the Dakotas, issued the profile to enlist the public's help in finding Jacob, who has been missing since he was abducted at gunpoint Sunday night.The hopes of investigators were momentarily raised Wednesday

Published on October 26, 1989, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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STATE PERSONNEL TO JOIN SEARCH FOR JACOB

Source: Bill Salisbury, Staff Writer
Gov. Rudy Perpich today announced he will activate personnel of the National Guard, the State Patrol and the Department of Natural Resources to assist in the search for Jacob Wetterling.He said the personnel will be used to search a 700-square-mile area around St. Joseph, where the 11-year-old boy was kidnapped by a masked gunman Sunday night."We want to make an all-out effort to coordinate local, state and national efforts at the scene," Perpich said while at a

Published on October 27, 1989, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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REWARDS FOR BOY TOTAL $125,000 \

Source: Lucy Dalglish, Staff Writer
A group of anonymous Twins Cities business leaders announced Thursday evening they are offering a reward of $100,000 in cash for the safe return of Jacob Wetterling within 72 hours - no questions asked."The people involved in this are parents," said a Twin Cities businessman who organized the reward effort.The man, who said he felt very uncomfortable talking about the reward, asked to remain anonymous."The reward is the only thing this group could contribute that

Published on October 27, 1989, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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MOUNTED PATROLS JOIN SEARCH FOR KIDNAPPED BOY

Source: Les Suzukamo, Staff Writer
Capt. Bryan Hagen of the Dakota County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol twisted around in his saddle and took a good look."This is amazing," Hagen said softly. "I've never seen so many people respond to a call before."All around Hagen, 42 other special deputies from mounted patrols across the state were milling about, mounting up.They had just spent 1 1/2 hours on horseback, tramping through tall yellow grass and along the swampy banks of the Sauk River.

Published on October 27, 1989, Page 8A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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NATIONAL GUARD JOINS HUNT FOR JACOB ( 919 words )

Source: Les Suzukamo, Staff Writer
Gov. Rudy Perpich on Friday ordered the Minnesota National Guard to join the search for an 11-year-old St. Joseph boy abducted at gunpoint, and investigators released a sketch of a suspect in an attempted abduction.The sketch is an FBI artist's conception of a man who tried to abduct a 10-year-old boy in Stearns County, the county where 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped Sunday by a masked man.The task force investigating the Wetterling case refused to release details

Published on October 28, 1989, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)


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ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING MAY UNCOVER NEW LEADS

Source: Les Suzukamo, Staff Writer
Dry, harvest-yellow grass crunched underfoot as Minnesota National Guard Second Lt. Matthew Buck walked behind his men on Saturday."If you guys find something, don't pick it up!" he reminded them. The line of camouflage-clad searchers continued their sweep of farms and fields south of the Sauk River.It was to be the start of a long day, the seventh since 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped at gunpoint Sunday night near his home only a few miles away from

Published on October 29, 1989, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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PRAYERS FOR JACOB//FAMILY SHARES ITS HOPES FOR SON

Source: Les Suzukamo, Staff Writer
He's alive. He's trapped. And he may be near some water, perhaps a river or lake.Those are the hopes and fears of the family of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling, one week after the boy was kidnapped at gunpoint from a road near his home. Despite extensive searches, there still is no clue as to his whereabouts.Jacob's family shared their beliefs about the missing boy with more than 500 people who attended Sunday morning Mass at St. Joseph Parish Catholic Church.After

Published on October 30, 1989, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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Published on October 31, 1989, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)

KIDNAP HUNT INTENSIFIES//A BOY SEEN NEAR HECTOR
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Source: Julio Ojeda, Staff Writer
The search for Jacob Wetterling shifted to the area of Hector, Minn., on Monday morning after a motorist saw a man and a boy who resembled the missing 11-year-old St. Joseph boy standing along a Renville County Road.Jeffrey Jamar, special agent in charge of the Minneapolis FBI office, said a 19-year-old motorist saw a boy in a red jacket and dark pants urinating along Renville County Road 22 near U.S. 212 about two miles east of Hector about 11 a.m. Hector is about 80 miles west of St.

Published on October 31, 1989, Page 1A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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AUTHORITIES SEEK JACOB IN RENVILLE COUNTY AREA

Source: Julio Ojeda, Staff Writer
Authorities expanded their search for Jacob Wetterling in the Renville County area on Tuesday after the FBI eliminated a South Minneapolis man as a suspect in the kidnapping of the St. Joseph boy.The search in four south-central Minnesota counties came after a 19-year-old motorist spotted a boy matching Jacob's description late Monday morning.The witness said the boy, who was urinating along a Renville County road two miles east of Hector, Minn., was accompanied by a man

Published on November 1, 1989, Page 1C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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TRACK KNOWN SEX OFFENDERS, SHE URGES

I was a resident of the Des Moines area when John Gosch was stolen eight years ago and I find it heart-wrenching now to watch another family go through the same anguish for their missing son, Jacob Wetterling. The key word here is "stolen"; one minute a beloved child is here and the next, he's gone.I also find it interesting that one of the first things law enforcement officers decided to do was check out the whereabouts of scores of known sex offenders. The necessity of

Published on November 2, 1989, Page 10A, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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JACOB WETTERLING SEARCH GOES NATIONAL ( 824 words )

Source: Julio Ojeda, Staff Writer
The search for Jacob Wetterling continued on Wednesday as residents here joined with a San Francisco missing-child group to send word of the kidnapped 11-year-old around the country.The founder of the Kevin Collins Foundation, named after a missing California child, arrived in St. Joseph late Monday to help establish a headquarters that will field telephone calls from volunteers and mail up to 600,000 posters with Jacob's photo."We have pretty well saturated the local

Published on November 2, 1989, Page 1C, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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HUNTERS CAN HELP SEARCH FOR JACOB

Source: BYLINE: Dennis Anderson, Outdoors Editor
Approximately 325,000 hunters will be spread out across Minnesota this weekend, each looking for a deer, one of approximately 900,000 whitetails that inhabit the state. Most hunters who partake in this annual ritual will do so with vigor, fully intent on laying up a few quarters of venison for the coming winter.But no matter the seriousness with which the deer hunt is undertaken, a hunt of another kind, one that has been under way for nearly two weeks, takes precedence.The hunt for

Published on November 3, 1989, Page 1E, St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
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