Paynesville reeling with news about Jacob; 'He's been right there the whole time'
PAYNESVILLE, MINN. – The search for Jacob Wetterling ended here in a rural pasture last week. The search for answers is just beginning.
Residents of this central Minnesota city were reeling Sunday from news that the remains of the 11-year-old boy, kidnapped on an October night in St. Joseph almost 27 years ago, had been buried in a grove of trees on the outskirts of town. Until Danny Heinrich, a former Paynesville resident now in jail and facing federal child pornography charges, led authorities last week to the site, the community was hoping against hope that Jacob might someday make it home.
But on Saturday morning, they heard the grim news: In that spot between the trees, they had found Jacob’s remains.