By Esme Murphy

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.

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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.

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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.

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It’s not clear when the documents will be released.

Esme Murphy