Search Warrants Released in Wetterling Case, Man Once a Person of Interest Defends Himself

November 30, 2017 06:07 PM

A man once considered a person of interest the Jacob Wetterling case has some strong words for law enforcement.

Dan Rassier was named a person of interest shortly after the abduction. Then more than 2-decades later authorities dug up his family farm. None of the materials they collected produced any evidence.


On Friday, the Stearns County Sheriff's Office released search warrant documents outlining where law enforcement focused their investigation, and why.

Rassier tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, while he's heartbroken for the Wetterling family, he feels he has to defend himself.

"I can't stop thinking of the night it happened and by the time I was awake with the people searching, Jacob was probably gone," Dan Rassier told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS on Friday night. 

Rassier lives right by the area Jacob Wetterling disappeared. On Friday, a search warrant outlined why Rassier was a person of interest.

"Almost every paragraph had things in it that were not true, that were twisted and turned. I didn't say that," Rassier said. 

Records show investigators interviewed Rassier multiple times. Documents even referred to an interview when he was hypnotized saying "during the period in which the questions turned to Jacob's abduction, he began crying and shaking, then would recover and stop crying when questions were not related to the actual abduction."

"It was a very long session and of course I'm going to cry," Rassier said. 

Documents also show Rassier admitted "if he did take Jacob, he would have plenty of time and locations to dispose of him on his farm."

"Even parts of that were taken out of context and messed up," Rassier said.

Finally, during a 2004 visit from police, the search warrant shows Rassier's mother "voluntarily began making comments that if her son Dan did take Jacob Wetterling, she would provide theories on how he would do this."

"I never expected the utter embarrassingly incompetence of whoever wrote this up," Rassier said. 

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS asked Rassier if he understands why he was a person of interest. He says he gets police have to do a job, but he feels these documents aren't completely accurate, and something that has worn on his family.

"It's totally changed everything and I've adapted, I had to," Rassier said. 

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS asked Stearns County if Rassier has officially been cleared in the Jacob Wetterling investigation. The chief deputy says the case is closed, and Daniel Heinrich is the confessed killer of Jacob. Nobody else is considered a person of interest or suspect in the matter.


Brett Hoffland

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