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Officials say remains of boy abducted in 1989 found

6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago September 04, 2016 Sep 4, 2016 Sunday, September 04 2016 September 04, 2016 11:14 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
Image: Jacob Wetterling, 1989

MINNEAPOLIS - Authorities in central Minnesota say the remains of Jacob Wetterling have been found.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that Jacob's remains were identified on Saturday.

Jacob was 11 when he was kidnapped from a rural road on Oct. 22, 1989, near his home in St. Joseph, about 80 miles northwest of Minneapolis. No one has been arrested or charged in his abduction, though authorities named 53-year-old Danny Heinrich as a person of interest last year.

Heinrich was charged with multiple counts of child pornography, but was not charged in Jacob's abduction. He has denied involvement.

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that Heinrich took authorities to a field in central Minnesota last week. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing case, said remains and other evidence were found.

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