MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Jacob Wetterling’s kidnapping changed the course of many lives — and one man is still waiting for answers as to why he became the primary focus in the case. WCCO-TV looked into what Thursday’s documents could mean for Dan Rassier. The local music teacher lives on a farm near the spot in St. Joseph where Jacob was kidnapped. The area was dug up in 2010 when Rassier was publically named a person of interest in the case.

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After Danny Heinrich‘s confession, Rassier filed a lawsuit against Stearns County and specific investigators. Rassier is seeking at least $2 million in damages. He says the former sheriff retaliated against him for speaking critically about the investigation.

The new Stearns County Sheriff told WCCO-TV Thursday the active litigation keeps him from commenting on why Rassier was looked at so closely. But in the more than 40,000 documents released Thursday, we did find an extensive collection of pictures related to Rassier: From his farm property to several packages of potential evidence where Rassier is clearly labeled a suspect.

Rassier’s attorney, Mike Padden, sat in on Thursday’s press conference.

“We were very happy with the information that was disseminated today. He wants the truth to come out that these people threw him under the bus for no good reason and today’s press conference helps to solidify that fact,” Padden said.

Rassier’s lawsuit is still in the discovery phase. They are not scheduled to go to trial until October of 2019.

Liz Collin

  1. Alexis Taylor says:

    Hey Dan Rassier, I have no idea if you’ll ever read this or not… I doubt you will. I just wanted to say I heard about your story from the interviews you did on the ‘In the Dark’ podcast. I just wanted to say I was so incredibly sorry to hear what the police put you through with absolutely no evidence. As someone who also doesn’t get many Christmas cards and likes labeling things, I hope I’m never the suspect of a serious crime because of it (just so absurd). I’m sorry to hear about the stress this has put on your family as well and how the police treated your parents (my condolences about your father). I’m happy that your name is finally cleared in all of this, it must be a huge weight off of your shoulders. I hope you win the case, this absurd investigation drastically effected your life in such an insane way… and really with the nonsense the police had for evidence against you, well it could happen to any of us.