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UPDATE: Remains of Minnesota boy missing since 1989 found, according to mother

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UPDATE: — The mother of a Minnesota boy missing since 1989 said Saturday that his remains have been found.

Patty Wetterling said in a text message to KARE-TV that 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling "has been found and our hearts are broken." She did not immediately respond to calls and text messages from The Associated Press.

Federal authorities declined to comment.


St. Paul, MN (WQOW) -KSTP-TV, the ABC affiliate in Minneapolis/St.Paul is reporting a possible break in the case of Jacob Wetterling, the boy who was kidnapped at gunpoint by a masked man in 1989 when he was 11 years old.

Quoting unnamed sources, KSTP says the man authorities identified as a person of interest in the case, 52-year-old Danny Heinrich, agreed to cooperate, and provide information that led to authorities recovering unidentified remains.

Heinrich led investigators to the area in central Minnesota where the remains were found, according to KSTP's sources.

DNA tests are reportedly being conducted to determine if they are, in fact, Wetterling's remains.

KSTP says two sources with direct knowledge of the case say the remains were recovered after Heinrich, who is being held on federal child pornography charges, agreed to cooperate with the FBI and state authorities.

Patty Wetterling, Jacob's mother, sent media outlets a text stating, “Our hearts are broken. We have no words.”

Heinrich has been held on the child pornography charges for almost a year while awaiting trial scheduled for next month.

On Oct. 22, 1989, Wetterling, his brother and a friend were riding their bikes home from a convenience store where they had gone to rent a movie.

The boys were stopped by a masked gunman who emerged from a gravel road.

The man abducted Wetterling and ordered the other boys to run to a nearby wooded area and threatened to shoot them if they looked back.

Jacob was never found despite a massive search.

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