Danny Heinrich on Wetterling investigators' radar since 1989

- Danny Heinrich, the person of interest for the Jacob Wetterling abduction case, has been on investigators' radars since the days right after he went missing.  One private investigator said he’s always had his sights set on Heinrich.

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Robert Dudley wrote a book on the investigation and said this break in the case doesn’t come as a surprise to him. The author is only the most recent to hand over evidence pointing to Heinrich.

A private investigator, whose notes are used in Dudley's book, interviewed a man once considered the main suspect in the case.

"That suspect actually suggested that Heinrich had committed the crime,” Dudley said. “He described Heinrich's car, and police scanner radio as being very similar to that in Jared's case."

Dudley says Danny Heinrich is a name that's been floating around for nearly all 26 years that Jacob has been missing. Investigation notes used in Dudley’s book describe Heinrich as a member of the National Guard, emotional, and a loner. 

Dudley handed the investigation notes over to Stearns County investigators yet again a year ago.

"I sent the notes to Stearns County and the FBI and I don't know if it was helpful or not,” he said.

All the private investigators Fox 9 talked to want to know, why now? The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says it's because of better DNA technology, but some hinted they may have been under pressure from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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