The FBI has named 52-year-old Annandale, Minnesota resident Daniel James Heinrich a person of interest in the 1989 disappearance of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling, reports CBS Minnesota.
Heinrich was arrested Wednesday evening on child pornography charges. He was questioned in 1990 in connection with Wetterling’s disappearance, but never charged. A DNA sample taken from Heinrich at the time has now been matched to the abduction and assault of a 12-year-old boy near Cold Spring in January 1989, a case investigators then believed was linked to the Wetterling vanishing.
Despite the DNA evidence, authorities were unable to arrest Heinrich for the Cold Spring kidnapping due to a statue of limitations being in place for abduction in 1989. He is also suspected in a series of unsolved attacks in the late-1980s, most of which occurred just blocks from his home at the time.
U.S. Attorney Andy Luger stated in a press conference on Thursday that Heinrich has denied any involvement Jacob Wetterling’s disappearance.
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