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ST. CLOUD, Minn.—The closed investigative file regarding the Jacob Wetterling abduction will be released to the public on Thursday, Sept. 20, Stearns County officials said Friday. The release will happen at 10:06 a.m. at the Stearns County Law Enforcement Center. Sheriff Don Gudmundson will host a news conference and present "key elements in the case and take questions based on the presentation," according to a news release.
STILLWATER, Minn.—When a fire broke out at their Stillwater house on Monday morning, Dan Hintze and Lindsay Belland's kids knew what to do. Their oldest son, Collin Hintze, 14, ran upstairs to rescue his 6-year-old sister Lorelai, who has special needs. Daughter Ella Belland, 13, ran outside to get help. "When seconds counted, they did exactly what they were supposed to do," Lindsay Belland said Thursday. "They didn't panic, and they are 14 and 13. I feel like most adults would panic. They really acted in a way that was far beyond their years."
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.—Former Twin Cities sports-radio personality Jeff Dubay, who has previously run afoul of the law for methamphetamine possession, has pleaded guilty to third-degree assault. Dubay entered his guilty plea on Monday in front of Washington County District Judge William Ekstrom. He will be sentenced March 22 and could face up to four months in jail. Dubay, 49, was arrested in August and charged with a felony after he allegedly assaulted a woman in the basement of a Cottage Grove house. Dubay previously denied any wrongdoing.
The scene, shot in November 2015, is painfully intimate. Jerry and Patty Wetterling stand in the middle of their kitchen in St. Joseph, going through their notes as they prepare to address the media for the first time after authorities had arrested and named Danny Heinrich as a "person of interest" in their son Jacob's 1989 abduction. While dozens of news reporters and photographers wait outside, documentary filmmaker Chris Newberry films a friend of the Wetterlings as he enters the kitchen.
MINNEAPOLIS — When Patty Wetterling has the chance to talk face to face with the man who abducted and killed her son, she wants to know one thing: Why? "It makes no sense," Patty Wetterling said during an interview Tuesday afternoon. "I wrestle with the 'Why?' of all this. We know what happened and when and where, but we don't know why. As a rational person, you try to figure it out, but this one you can't, because it makes no sense."
ST. JOSEPH, Minn. — After nearly 30 years of searching, wondering, waiting and hoping, Patty and Jerry Wetterling finally know what happened to their son Jacob. The Stearns County Sheriff's office confirmed Saturday that the remains of 11-year-old Jacob, missing since 1989, have been found. "Our family is drawing strength from all your love & support," Patty Wetterling posted on Twitter Saturday afternoon. "We're struggling with words at this time. Thank you for your hope." She declined to comment further.