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xx Re: Jacob Wetterling - Oct. 22, 1989 - MN
« Reply #15 on: Jan 20th, 2005, 5:43pm »

Patty Wetterling remembers Jacob 9 years after his abduction in this interview:
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10 years later the Startribune published this story.
http://www.startribune.com/stories/587/4744872.html

What a wonderful and heroic lady you are Mrs. Patty Wetterling! God bless you!
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xx For Jacob Wetterling on Feb. 17, 2005
« Reply #16 on: Feb 17th, 2005, 06:50am »

Thinking of Jacob today on his birthday. Hoping that answers can be found soon for his whereabouts. I know that there are many who love and miss him.

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xx Attacks led to registration laws
« Reply #17 on: Jun 8th, 2005, 07:26am »

By ANTHONY LANE

The sex offender registration laws that have been adopted in almost every state are based on the premise that past behavior is the best predictor of future actions. They were passed following two high-profile attacks on children.

In 1989, a masked, gun-wielding man surprised a group of three boys riding their bicycles in Minnesota. The man ordered two of the boys to leave. He ordered Jacob Wetterling to stay, and the 11-year-old was never seen again.

During the investigation, authorities discovered that sex offenders in the area were congregating in halfway houses without the knowledge of local law enforcement officers. This discovery prompted the passage in 1994 of the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the federal law requiring states to track sex offenders and certain criminal who have targeted children. The law started the process of registering sex offenders, but also required that the information remain private.

The same year the Wetterling Act was passed, Megan Kanka, 7, was raped and killed in New Jersey by a neighbor who had previously been convicted of attacking young children. In response, New Jersey passed a law requiring local police and sheriff's offices to notify community members of the sex offenders who are also their neighbors.

A federal version of what is often called "Megan's Law" passed in 1996, in effect modifying the Wetterling Act to require some form of community notification of sex offenders.

In 1999, Wyoming legislators made various changes to the state's registration statute to put it in line with the federal law. It requires sex offenders who are released from prison or who move to the state to register with the Division of Criminal Investigation or a local law enforcement agency. Based on details of past convictions and other factors, the courts then determine if an offender has a low, moderate or high risk of reoffending.

The identity of low-risk offenders is kept private. For moderate- and high-risk offenders, however, the law requires police and sheriff's officers to notify all neighbors living within 750 feet of the offender's residence as well as area schools and other organizations that work with children. Information about high-risk offenders must also be posted on the Internet.

As in many states, Wyoming's law is changing. Among other things, legislators decided this year to shorten the time in which offenders must register while also requiring weekly updates from those who say they are homeless.

States vary in the restrictions they place on sex offenders. In some states it is illegal for them to live near schools. Some have adopted civil commitment laws which make it possible to lock up certain offenders thought to be extremely dangerous even after they are finished with their prison sentences.

With these differences comes the possibility that sex offenders looking for a new home will shop for a state where they will face the fewest restrictions.

"I can tell you that's a natural result of sex offender registries," said Wyoming Attorney General Pat Crank. "If Wyoming doesn't stay on the cutting edge of that, we could be a place where other states' sex offenders move."

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xx Wetterling speaks about her still-missing son Jaco
« Reply #18 on: Oct 19th, 2005, 08:05am »

By JODIE TWEED
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BAXTER -- Patty Wetterling is often viewed as a tireless child advocate, both in Minnesota and nationally. She's also a candidate for U.S. Senate, a campaign she kicked off Sunday, in hopes of becoming a voice for children in Washington D.C.

But after her 11-year-old son, Jacob, was abducted about a half-mile from his St. Joseph home, Patty Wetterling remembers days when she would remain in bed, curled up in a ball, unable to move.

Wetterling would imagine her missing son doing the same at that very moment, curled up in a hole and unable to get out, crying out for help. She would speak to him, telling him to hold on, that they would soon come and get him.

That's what got her out of bed. She could not quit looking for her son. And that's what has drawn her to a life dedicated to helping missing and exploited children.

Wetterling spoke Tuesday at Forestview Middle School in Baxter at a Brainerd Area Zonta Club benefit dinner, which raised funds for the Women's Center of Mid-Minnesota. About 75 people attended the event that raised more than $1,300 for the battered women's shelter in Brainerd.

Wetterling spoke about Jacob and about ways that parents and community members can protect children, teaching them to trust their instincts about what is appropriate and inappropriate behavior. She talked about the families she has met throughout the country and shared their stories. Some have been reunited with their missing children, thanks to everyday people who stepped up and notified authorities about a situation that they felt wasn't quite right, and others, like the Wetterlings, who have yet to learn what happened to their missing children.

Oct. 22 will mark the 16th anniversary of Jacob's abduction.

Wetterling said Tuesday that she and her husband, Jerry, talked about splitting up after Jacob was abducted. For a few years their grief nearly destroyed their marriage. She said they stayed together at that time because their other children had been through too much already. It took a long time, she said, but they rebuilt their relationship.

Wetterling said she knows that God is with Jacob and she knows God didn't do this to him or her family.

"I refuse to let the man who took Jacob take everything," said Wetterling. "You can't have my marriage. You can't have my kids. You can't have my belief that there are more good people in the world than bad. ... I don't know if (Jacob's) alive or not but there is a man out there who's got mine. And we will not quit. I hope we will find out one day where he is."

Wetterling encouraged those who attended Tuesday's fund-raiser to give the children in their lives a special hug and know that there are many people out there, including herself, working to make a better world for their children and grandchildren.

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xx Briefly: Day designed to honor Wetterling
« Reply #19 on: Oct 22nd, 2005, 1:38pm »

Jacob Wetterling Foundation leaders are asking residents to leave an outside light on today or to light a candle to honor Jacob Wetterling.
Wetterling, son of Patty and Jerry Wetterling, was abducted 16 years ago today in St. Joseph. He was 11 at the time.

The case remains unsolved. The lights symbolize the hope the community shares that he will return home and encourages community members to never give up the search for him.

The foundation, started in January 1990, works to protect children from abduction and sexual exploitation through prevention education and victim-assistance programs.
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xx For Jacob on 10-22-05
« Reply #20 on: Oct 22nd, 2005, 9:57pm »

Thinking of Jacob today on this anniversary of his disappearance. He's still missing but not forgotten.

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xx For Jacob on 2-17-06
« Reply #21 on: Feb 17th, 2006, 6:28pm »

Happy birthday to Jacob. May he be found soon. He's still missing but NOT forgotten.

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xx Today is 17th anniversary of Wetterling abduction
« Reply #22 on: Oct 22nd, 2006, 5:41pm »

ST. JOSEPH, Minn. - Today is the 17th anniversary of Jacob Wetterling's abduction.

On Oct. 22, 1989, Jacob was abducted on his way home from a convenience store in St. Joseph. The 11-year-old was with his brother and a friend when he was grabbed by a masked man and never seen again.

The Jacob Wetterling Foundation is asking people to keep their porch lights on today or to light a candle in honor of Jacob and every missing child.

The foundation's Alison Feigh says it's also a good time to remind children how special they are.

The Wetterling family remains hopeful that someone will come forward with the information that is needed to find Jacob.

On the Net:

Jacob Wetterling Foundation: http://www.jwf.org/

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xx Remains Found of Jacob Wetterling
« Reply #23 on: Sep 3rd, 2016, 7:33pm »

Officials: Remains found are those of boy kidnapped in 1989
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