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Without a Trace

Twenty years ago, 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling vanished. His fate remains unknown, his captor’s identity a mystery. But much has changed in the way crimes against children are investigated. Here, the story as told by those who lived it.

Without a Trace
Photo by Jonathan Chapman
Above right: Jacob Wetterling, in 1989.
Left: Jerry and Patty Wetterling, visiting the site of the kidnapping today.

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Apr 16, 2012 06:28 am
 Posted by  Timeout

I would hear on the news while I worked the story and the ongoing search for a suspect. I remember there were hundreds of leads in the case.

I kept seeing in my mind a farmhouse somewhere with a barn and Jacob in shackles or tied up. I didn't know what to think of the investigation or whether they would ever find him.

My thoughts that may be common to a profile are a man in his 50's without a family. I don't know where the tracks may have led, but I hope and pray that Jacob was spared somehow. I know that it is never time to give up hope.

Jan 5, 2013 06:38 pm
 Posted by  nikkimakowsky

I remember this story like it was yesterday, my son was 2 months old. Jacob's story has haunted me all of these years. I'm so very sorry that there are still no answers. My heart goes out to his family members and I still pray Jacob will be found.

Nikki

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