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Patty Wetterling: ‘We are deeply grieving’

As the Wetterlings continue grieving the death of Jacob, Patty Wetterling says there are some things people can do to bring them comfort.

“The Wetterlings are deeply grieving and are pulling our family together. We will be eager to talk to media as soon as we are able,” Patty Wetterling said Monday in a statement issued by the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, the nonprofit she started with her husband.

The remains of her son Jacob were found on a farm in Paynesville last week, nearly 27 years after the 11-year-old was abducted from his hometown of St. Joseph. Reports say Danny Heinrich – a “person of interest” in his disappearance – led investigators to the remains.

“Everyone wants to know what they can do to help us,” Patty Wetterling’s statement continued. She then lists things people can do to “bring me comfort today.” They are:

  • Say a prayer.
  • Light a candle.
  • Be with friends.
  • Play with your children.
  • Giggle.
  • Hold hands.
  • Eat ice cream.
  • Create joy.
  • Help your neighbor.

People all over Minnesota – and the country – have been sharing their support for the Wetterlings on social media using the hashtag #JacobsHope and by leaving their porch lights on for Jacob.

More details expected this week

Officials haven’t released many details about the discovery of Jacob’s remains, including any information on when or how he died. It’s also not clear what prompted Heinrich to reveal where Jacob’s remains were or how he is involved with the case.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office did say the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the FBI, the Stearns County Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are “currently in the process of reviewing and evaluating new evidence” in the investigation, and expect to be able to provide more details early this week.

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