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Summary: On Sunday, Oct. 22, 1989 — 25 years ago today — 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped while riding his bicycle with his friend Aaron Larson and younger brother Trevor near his home in St. Joseph, Minn. Jacob remains missing and the case remains unsolved.



Summary: On Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at 8 p.m. Central Time, CNN’s “The Hunt With John Walsh” will feature the unsolved missing person case of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling, who was kidnapped on Oct. 22, 1989, while biking with his friend Aaron Larson and younger brother Trevor near his home in St. Joseph, Minn.



Summary: The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), lists 147 persons missing in Minnesota, dating back to June 14, 1963. … Related: The unsolved 1974 murder of Mary and Susanne Reker.


Jun 22nd, 2011

Summary: On September 30, 1982, 3-year-old Kevin Jay Ayotte went missing from his family’s summer home in Sugar Bush Township, located in eastern Beltrami County, Minnesota. An exhaustive search and investigation by the Sheriff’s Department, with assistance from state and federal agencies, did not succeed in finding Kevin or even determining the exact nature of his disappearance. … New developments. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 22, 2010, Aubrey Immelman provided his weekly report of U.S. military deaths in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.


Oct 5th, 2010

Update: Jacob Wetterling’s remains have been found after Danny Heinrich led investigators to a site in Central Minnesota. … Previous: Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner announced that nothing of consequence was found in the July 2010 search of the Rassier farmstead in the Jacob Wetterling kidnapping investigation; however, he added that technology could eventually improve to the extent that it would allow for future testing of the items seized.


Jul 3rd, 2010

Summary: On Friday, July 2, 2010 Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner described 54-year-old music teacher Dan Rassier as a “person of interest” in the abduction of Jacob Wetterling at the end of the Rassier driveway on the evening of Oct. 22, 1989. Aubrey Immelman discusses aspects of criminal motive and the likely offender profile, noting the need for a linkage analyis involving the unsolved kidnapping and sexual assault of Jared S. in Cold Spring and the unexplained disappearance of Joshua Guimond from the campus of St. John’s University. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 3, 2009 Aubrey Immelman, on the occasion of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s sudden resignation from office, featured his research on Palin’s personal psychology, conducted at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics.


Jul 1st, 2010

Summary: On Wednesday, June 30, 2010 — more than 20 years after Jacob Wetterling’s abduction on Oct. 22, 1989 — law enforcement converged on the farmstead on the outskirts of St. Joseph, Minn., where a masked man took Jacob at gunpoint at the approach to the driveway of 29748 91st Ave, home Robert and Rita Rassier and their son Daniel Rassier. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 1, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that PolitiFact’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Truth-O-Meter rated Rep. Michele Bachmann’s “ridiculously false statement” that the Constitution only requires people to tell the Census Bureau how many individuals are in their home as [Liar, Liar] Pants on Fire.


Oct 22nd, 2009

Summary: October 22, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of Jacob Wetterling’s abduction in St. Joseph, Minn. Jacob has never been found and his disappearance remains unsolved. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on the fourth day of his write-in campaign against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, Aubrey Immelman thanked supporters for their messages of encouragement and online contributions and published excerpts from Eric Zaetsch’s “Developers are Crabgrass” blog entry for Oct. 20, 2008, regarding his write-in candidacy.


Jan 7th, 2009

Summary: Like so many seemingly promising leads in the search for Jacob Wetterling’s abductor, the latest lead, too, appears to lead nowhere. Initial reporting on the strange case of Vernon Seitz from WTMJ television in Milwaukee, subsequent reporting from Twin Cities and Milwaukee media, and links to reports on the Jacob Wetterling and Joshua Guimond missing person cases in St. Joseph and Collegeville, Minnesota.