Event Tickets My Account Advertise About Us Contact Us Archive RSS Newsletters
Edit ModuleEdit Module

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.

(page 1 of 3)

Comments may be edited for length, clarity, or appropriateness.

Old to new | New to old
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.


Add your comment:
Edit ModuleEdit Module
Edit ModuleEdit Module


Your Essential Guide to Dining, Shopping & Culture
  • Less than $1.67 an issue.
  • 66.7% off newsstand price.
  • The best Minnesota has to offer.
MNMO E-newsletters

Your guide to the good life, delivered to your in-box.

Click here to sign up to receive MNMO e-newsletters.

Once you submit your email, you will then select which e-newsletters you want.

We don’t like spam either, so we’ll keep your e-mail address to ourselves.