MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As they have for nearly three decades, the Wetterling family is staying on a positive message after a painful weekend.

In a statement via the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, Patty Wetterling says the family is “deeply grieving” Jacob’s loss.

“Everyone wants to know what they can do to help us,” the statement said. “Say a prayer. Light a candle. Be with friends. Play with your children. Giggle. Hold Hands. Eat ice cream. Create joy. Help your neighbor. That is what will bring me comfort today.”

The center confirmed Saturday that Jacob Wetterling‘s remains were discovered buried in a field in Stearns County, nearly 27 years after his abduction. Sources tell WCCO a person of interest in the case, Danny Heinrich, led investigators to the site as part of an ongoing plea deal in the child pornography case against him.

Comments (15)
  1. vvritland@yahoo.com says:

    Patty, you are such an inspiration. You have taught the world so much through Jacob. My heart breaks for your loss but is so grateful for the lessons in life learned through YOU>

  2. Kathleen White says:

    To the Wetterling family. A truly class act in your time of grief. May Jocob rest in peace.

  3. Pat Mahney says:

    Wishing the Wetterling family comfort and peace. My porch light will remain on in Jacobs memory

  4. ***** says:

    sigh….tear….highest respect to the Wetterling family esp Jacob’s mother Patty..

    now–try to regain and claim hope for other missing children…

    inform yourself on Paulsen’s and Klobcher efforts to halt sex-trafficing of children–support the effort…

    1. ***** says:

      as the Wetterling org.wants you to do–leave a [porch] light of hope on for the other missing children….

  5. May peace comfort the Wetterling family, we can’t imagine how you feel. Our prayers are with you, and our porch light will remain on for Jacob and all other missing children

  6. karen baragar says:

    I pray for your family it has been a long hard journey for you and all of us waiting to hear something I will always be praying to an angel named Jacob !!!

  7. Elizabeth Schwab says:

    What a BEAUTIFUL soul this woman is. We could and SHOULD learn from her. Bless the family.

  8. Joh Rogers says:

    Love and Prayers to the Wetterling family with our porch light on. Patty, you have an amazing soul you have taught us all so much. Thank you!

  9. J yngsdal says:

    Finally after all these years, you have the comfort in knowing where Jacob is. May you find comfort in that and put him properly in Gods hands. Jacob will live on in everyone who has heard his story. God bless the family of this so loved little boy. Our hearts go out to you.