ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – A local motorcycle group is honoring the 22-year anniversary of Jacob Wetterling’s abduction with an $18,000 donation to help fund Minnesota’s Amber Alert Program.
The group presented Patty Wetterling, his mother, and officials with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension with a check on Friday. The group has held events to raise money for Minnesota’s Amber Alert Program since 2003 and has raised more than $100,000 for the program.
Jacob Wetterling was abducted 22 years ago and hasn’t been seen since.
Officials said donations like these are key because those funds go directly to the program. An Amber Alert is issued when a child is believed to have been abducted and authorities need assistance finding the victim and the suspect.
Each Amber Alert costs between $6,000 and $12,000 including their broadcast and cancelation. Since it started, there have been a total of 26 Amber Alerts issued and all have ended in the safe recovery of a child.