Stearns Co. authorities to release Jacob Wetterling case file

A judge ruled against the Wetterlings, who wanted to keep information private

September 14, 2018 - 1:37 pm

(AP/WCCO) -- Authorities are planning a news conference Thursday, Sept. 20, in St. Cloud to release the closed investigative file in the Jacob Wetterling case.

It's the first time the documents are being made public.

The Wettlerling family had earlier sought to keep 168 pages of information private. In the ruling allowing the release in April, District Judge Ann Carrott said all files connected to a criminal case become public record at its conclusion.

The Wetterlings said in a statement at the time they were saddened by the ruling but thankful for the judge's "careful consideration of our concerns."

In a 2016 plea agreement, Danny Heinrich confessed to child pornography charges and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He led authorities to Jacob's remains near a Paynesville gravel pit 27 years after 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped and murdered.