Inaugural Jacob Wetterling 5K slated for October

The Jacob Wetterling Resource Center announced Monday night the inaugural JWRC 5K race will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.

This October, the FBI officially named 52-year-old Danny Heinrich a person of interest in the 1989 unsolved abduction of Jacob Wetterling, and days later, his parents said at a news conference in front of their home that they are watching and learning with all of us.

“I refuse to be silenced by this man,” his mother, Patty Wetterling, said. “We were caught off guard like all of you. We don’t have the answers yet.”

Investigators first looked at Heinrich shortly after Jacob’s disappearance. His tire tracks and sneaker prints appeared to match those taken from the crime scene just down the road from the Wetterling family home. Heinrich was never arrested until this October, months after authorities raided his Annandale, Minn. home, looking for Jacob’s remains and his clothing. They found reams of child porn and DNA evidence that linked Heinrich to an unsolved kidnapping and sexual assault of a boy in Cold Spring, Minn. less than a year before Jacob disappeared.