Investigators at site near 1989 MN abduction
from St. Cloud Times Investigators are at a St. Joseph, Minnesota, property near where 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was abducted in 1989. Neighbors report seeing several unmarked law enforcement vehicles Wednesday morning at the property. Aerial photos taken by the St. Cloud Times show as many as 17 vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and trailers on the property.
Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner told the newspaper the county attorney’s office had advised him that a court order prevented him from saying why investigators were at the residence. a sheriff’s office squad car is parked at the entry to the driveway. FBI spokesman E.K. Wilson says the FBI is assisting in search warrant operations in the area.
Wetterling was abducted at gunpoint in October 1989 near the entry to the driveway where police are searching today. He was just a half-mile from his home in St. Joseph, in central Minnesota.
the St. Cloud Times reports several unmarked law enforcement vehicles arrived at the St. Joseph property at 8:15 a.m., neighbors tell the newspaper. Investigators in 1989 initially thought Wetterling was abducted by someone driving a car, but evidence later led investigators to believe the abductor left on foot, which narrowed the scope of their investigation dramtically.
Jacob’s mother Patty told the newspaper Wednesday that she wasn’t aware of any searches that were planned at the residence related to her son’s disappearance. She was happy that investigators have continued to go back through the entire case and that they have gone “back to the beginning.” “Jacob’s last footsteps are shown on that driveway,” she told the newspaper today.
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