MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The family of Jacob Wetterling has decided not to appeal a judge’s order to release the state files on the 27-year investigation into the kidnapping and murder of Jacob.
In 1989, 11-year-old Jacob was kidnapped and murdered by Danny Heinrich.READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: 'Heavy, Heavy, Heavy Snow' To Hit Northeastern Minnesota
He confessed to the crime as part of a plea deal in 2016.
That same year, the investigative files of the Wetterling case were expected to be made public, but a lawsuit by the Wetterling family stopped that.
They wanted about 20 files kept private.READ MORE: 6 Straight Wins For Wild As Kaprizov Nets Shootout Winner Against Maple Leafs
In April, however, a judge ruled that a Minnesota law says investigative files should become public once a case has concluded.
The Wetterlings had until Friday to file an appeal.
The Wetterlings’ attorney, Doug Kelley, said Patty Wetterling just “got tired” of fighting.MORE NEWS: Hastings Community Rallies In Support Of Child Outed As Transgender As Part Of School Board Election
It’s not clear when the documents will be released.