MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thousands of print, video and audio files in the Jacob Wetterling case will stay sealed for now.
A Minnesota judge ruled Thursday that the files be returned to the FBI.READ MORE: More Than 12,000 Pigs Dead After Barn Fire On Pork Farm
The ruling comes as the legal battle between the Wetterlings and several Twin Cities media companies continues.
The files were expected to be released in 2016.READ MORE: Roseville Police Seek Help Finding 70-Year-Old Jack Sayles
The attorney for the Wetterlings says the family is pleased with the ruling.
The Wetterlings have been fighting to keep 22 of the more than 10,000 investigative files sealed to protect their right to privacy.
Seven of the 22 files could still be released. A hearing on that is slated for April 10.MORE NEWS: Tax Refunds Delayed As May 17 Filing Deadline Arrives
WCCO-TV is not one of the media companies involved in the case against the Wetterlings.