Patty Wetterling reflects on abduction, death of Jacob Wetterling nearly 34 years later

34 years since Wetterling abduction

34 years since Wetterling abduction

October marks the 34th anniversary of a crime that shocked the state of Minnesota — the abduction of Jacob Wetterling.

Wetterling was just 11 years old when he went missing on Oct. 22, 1989.

Nearly 27 years later, investigators caught a break in the case with the arrest of Danny Heinrich. As part of a plea deal, Heinrich ultimately guided investigators to where Jacob’s remains were buried.

Now, Patty and Jerry Wetterling are speaking out about the case and the decades of heartache it caused.