Convicted murderer recently questioned in Jacob Wetterling case dies

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Delbert Huber, the convicted murderer who was recently interviewed in connection with the 25-year-old disappearance of Jacob Wetterling, died in prison Wednesday, the West Central Tribune reports.

A Department of Corrections spokesperson tells the St. Cloud Times foul play is not suspected.

Huber, 83, was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison in the fall of 2012 after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of Albertville man Timothy Larson. But last month, authorities rekindled the investigation into the 1989 disappearance Wetterling, who was 11 years old when he was taken by a masked man along a road in St. Joseph, Minnesota

And last week, that investigation led authorities to Huber.

The names of Huber and his 48-year old son Tim – also in prison for Larson's murder – keep popping up in connection with the unsolved abduction of Wetterling. Stearns County investigators re-interviewed Huber last week about the Wetterling case, as well as several assaults on young boys in nearby Paynesville that took place around the same time.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner has said investigators are pursuing fresh leads not only on Huber, but on other possible suspects as well.

Huber followed that up by denying any involvement during interviews with numerous Minnesota media outlets just a few days ago.

“They asked me about the Jacob Wetterling deal,” Huber told KARE 11. “I never knew the kid until he was missing, and then I seen it on TV.”

Huber told WCCO he’s angry that tips continue to come into law enforcement about him and his son. He said neighbors have spread rumors for years that the two of them were involved in Wetterling’s abduction, and said it amounts to harassment.

Some of the media members involved with those recent interviews reacted to Huber's sudden death on Twitter.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner has said investigators are pursuing fresh leads not only on Huber, but on other possible suspects as well.

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