Sunday, August 31, 2014
John Walsh covers the Jacob Wetterling 1989 abduction in Minnesota on "The Hunt" on CNN
John Walsh continued his series on “The Hunt” with the cold case of Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted at gunpoint by a masked man while riding his bike with a brother and another companion in St. Joseph, MN on Oct. 22, 1989. The Twin Cities paper has story here.
There was another abduction about ten months earlier explained in this site ("America;s Most Wanted fans") and covered in the show.
And a freelance writer and blogger covered a series of similar abductions in nearby Paynesville, from 1986-1989, which might be tied to a particular man who may have been in jail for part of that time. It would seem improbable that someone could commit a number of brazen snatch abductions in one area and never be apprehended. Sporadic crimes like this have been reported in other cities, like a particularly horrific assault in a park in Tacoma, WA in 1989 that was written up in the Washington Times then.
That blogger, Joy Baker, has a web page with five questions she would want to ask the abductor, here.
The most detailed account ("Without a Trace") seems to be in a paper called the Minnesota Monthly, written by Beth Hawkins, here.
There are a number of YouTube videos on the case that claim to present interviews or information, that don’t look credible.
Although it appears from the narrative that police must have some specific suspects (or at least one), the show could not identify any one person on the run as a suspect.
The area where these abductions occurred is SW of St Cloud and NE off Willmar, about 60 miles from Minneapolis. I lived in Minneapolis from 1997-2003 and am familiar with the area north of St. Cloud, but not the specific area of these crimes.
Walsh also covered the case of Genevieve Kelley, believed to have “kidnapped” her daughter in a custody battle from New Hampshire and then taken her to Colorado and then Brazil.