Jacob's legacy lives on through Wetterling Resource Center

- Jacob Wetterling “believed things should be fair.” While the core value of the 11-year-old was challenged 27 years ago, the fight for fairness continued with the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, established by Jacob’s parents.

“What happened is absolutely not fair. It’s not fair, so what do we do to make the world more fair for kids? That’s our challenge,” Alison Feigh, the program manager at the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, told Fox 9.

The “challenge” of making the world "more fair" has had enormous success in Minnesota and around the country. The center, and the Wetterlings, are national thought leaders on the issue of child safety.

But until recently, the impetus for the center remained missing.

“I’ve always pictured Jacob out there, cheering us on. And now there’s a shift where he’s up there cheering us on. That’s huge. I haven’t figured that out yet. That’s a huge shift in my heart and in my brain,” Feigh told Fox 9. “From being out there to up there. He’s still smiling on us no matter what, but it’s different.”

Feigh told Fox 9 locating the remains opened new pain, creating emotion that “changes every hour,” but the discovery did not close anything.

“Closure implies it’s done. We have all the answers, we’re good, we can move on,” Feigh said. “This is not about closure because there will always be questions. There will also be what-ifs. We have some answers and that’s good.”

Feigh said center workers plan to return to work on Tuesday. “I don’t know if today we have a plan. Right now, our plan is honoring Jacob. This is about Jacob,” Feigh said. She added the center wants to keep the story focused on Jacob, not on the man who allegedly kidnapped him.

As for the Wetterling family, Feigh said she’s spoken to them and they are “feeling that warmth” from around the world, and are “just together and being together right now.”

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