Mother: Family ‘deeply grieving’ boy who disappeared in 1989

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2009, file photo, Patty and Jerry Wetterling show a photo of their son Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted in October of 1989 in St. Joseph, Minn and is still missing, in Minneapolis. Patty Wetterling said Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 that his remains have been found. Daniel Heinrich, who authorities have called a person of interest in the 1989 kidnapping, denied any involvement and was not charged with that crime. But he has pleaded not guilty to several federal child pornography charges. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig, File)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mother of a Minnesota boy who went missing in 1989 and whose remains were recently found buried in a pasture says her family is grieving.

In a statement Monday, Patty Wetterling says they “are deeply grieving and are pulling our family together,” and that they are not ready to speak to members of the media.

A masked gunman abducted Jacob Wetterling in October 1989 near his St. Joseph home, about 80 miles northwest of Minneapolis. The case has haunted Minnesota ever since.

Patty Wetterling since became a nationally recognized advocate for missing children.

Jacob’s remains were recently found buried near Paynesville. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office says they were positively identified Saturday. A person of interest has been held on child pornography charges since October.

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