MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Sources say the person of interest in the case of Jacob Wetterling’s abduction led the FBI to his remains, which were being tested for DNA.

Agents pressed Danny Heinrich for information on the nearly 27-year-old mystery in the last few days. Sources say the FBI took Heinrich out of jail at least twice this week.

On Saturday morning, Patty Wetterling told WCCO’s Esme Murphy: “Our hearts are broken. There are no words.”

But many throughout Minnesota and the nation at large, who have held their collective breath for resolution on Jacob Wetterling’s disappearance for nearly three decades, had a surfeit of words to share about the newest developments.

Gov. Mark Dayton released the following statement:

“For nearly 27 years, Minnesotans have held the Wetterling family in their thoughts and prayers, as they never gave up hope and never stopped searching for their beloved Jacob. Today, we continue to offer our love and support, as the Wetterling family finally brings their son home to rest.  

“I hope they will find solace in knowing that they do not stand alone. Jacob’s story has touched the lives and hearts of Minnesotans for a generation.

“Today, I pray for a measure of peace for the Wetterling family and for all Minnesotans touched by this terrible tragedy. And I thank the law enforcement officials and others who never stopped searching for him.”

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith also released a statement:

“There is nothing parents fear more than losing their child. For one Minnesota family nearly 27 years ago, that fear became tragically real.

“None of us will ever know what the Wetterlings have gone through, on that day, or on each day since.

“But every Minnesota family has felt their loss. My own sons were small when Jacob was lost, and for more than two decades, our family and all Minnesota families have hurt, prayed, and hoped alongside the Wetterlings.

“That pain won’t end today. But as the Wetterling family finally brings Jacob home, I hope they will find love and support in the thousands of families, including mine, in Minnesota, who have hurt, hoped, and prayed alongside them.

“The Wetterling family never stopped searching. We stand in solidarity with the Wetterlings as they seek justice, and peace.

“We will always keep Jacob in our hearts.”

Comments (5)
  1. Larry and Cheri Zubrod says:

    Patty and Jerry, our hearts are broken again for you and yours…so many understand your pain…continue your fight to save our children..We are so proud of you.

  2. Carrie Larson says:

    Calling all angels Jacob is home. With sympathy to the Wetterling Family. RIP Jacob

  3. Gloria G. says:

    I am glad that our Jacob can now be brought home to rest. My heart aches for the Wetterling family. It is my wish that Jacob’s story will bring folks to a greater awareness of child predators & how they operate. There are still too many children being maimed & killed by these evil people.

  4. Mary Miller says:

    Heaven has welcomed an angel. We will NEVER forget Jacob. Bless all of your broken hearts….prayers for all of you. My deepest sympathy. God bless.

  5. Dave Seavy says:

    While I send my deepest sympathies to the Wetterling family, after 27 years, I think the most that could be hoped for was what occurred. He can now have a decent burial and a permanent resting place.

    I give the FBI agents that were instrumental in obtaining the information on Jacob’s whereabouts a lot of credit for their persistence. At the very least, the family now has an opportunity to mourn. Now, let’s hope that justice will truly be served.