Today is Jacob Wetterling’s 29th birthday.
Jacob Wetterling was born on February 17, 1978. He grew up in St. Joseph, Minnesota with his parents, Patty and Jerry Wetterling, and his three siblings. On the evening of October 22, 1989, Jacob, his brother Trevor, and friend Aaron rode their bikes to a local convenience store to pick up a movie and snack. On the way back home, a man wearing a mask and carrying a gun stopped the boys. The gunman told the boys to throw their bikes into a nearby ditch and lay face down on the ground. He then asked each of the boys their age. After the boys responded, he instructed Trevor to run into the woods and told him not to look back or he would shoot him. Next, the gunman turned Aaron over, looked into his face, and told him to run into woods without looking back or he would shoot him. As Trevor and Aaron were running away, they glanced back to see the gunman grab Jacob’s arm. When Aaron and Trevor reached the wooded area they turned around again and the gunman and Jacob were gone.
Age progressed photo to age 21.
The foundation named for him just marked their 16th anniversary.
Note: Missouri officials are reviewing any possible links to Michael Devlin.
Update 11-22-07 StarTribune Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
Miscellaneous. A man went to the Eagan Police Department to report that while he was in a MySpace chat room, he found a person with the name “Wetterling” on a list. The man said the person’s profile states that he lives in Richfield and includes a photo that looks like he could be Jacob Wetterling.
Update 02-17-08 Jacob Wetterling’s 30th Birthday Today . It is being reported it would have been his birthday however, since the family doesn’t know what may have happened to him it is
Jacob Wetterling’s family marks another birthday. Today would have been Wetterling’s 30th birthday.
Update 01-06-09 Vernon Seitz, a retired barber who passed away on Dec. 15th allegedly told his psychiatrist that he had killed two children in 1958 and needed to confess. Police have been unable to locate his victims but it has been suggested he was responsible for other cases though no evidence has linked him to the crimes.
Mystery Remains After Wisconsin Man’s Deathbed ‘Confession’
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police have investigated a suburban barber’s reported deathbed statement that he was a child killer but found no connection with any missing child case, including that of a Minnesota boy abducted two decades ago, a police spokeswoman said Tuesday night.
Patty Wetterling said she had spoken with him a couple times but believes Seitz isn’t linked to Jacob’s disappearance.
Jacob’s mother, Patty Wetterling, told KARE-TV in the Twin Cities that she had met the man a long time ago when he came to Minnesota “with psychic information,” indicating he wanted to help find the boy.
VICTORIA — Police have found a poster of a B.C. boy who disappeared in 1991 inside the home of a possible U.S. child killer, an American television station reported Tuesday night.
Michael Dunahee, a blond boy with a big smile, was four years old when he disappeared on March 24, 1991, from a park near his Victoria home. It’s one of the most well-known missing person cases in Canadian history.
Dunahee has never been found.