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Jacob Wetterling Day announced, memorial service set for Sunday

The College of St. Benedict in Jacob Wetterling's hometown of St. Joseph, Minn., will host a memorial service Sunday for the boy who was abducted 27 years ago and whose body was recovered Sept. 2...

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Jacob Wetterling File photo/Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The College of St. Benedict in Jacob Wetterling's hometown of St. Joseph, Minn., will host a memorial service Sunday for the boy who was abducted 27 years ago and whose body was recovered Sept. 2

 

The Wetterling Family Memorial Service for Jacob will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday.

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Oct. 22 was proclaimed "Jacob Wetterling Day" in Minnesota Friday by Gov. Mark Dayton. That day will mark the 27th anniversary of Jacob's abduction.

 

"The Wetterling family's tragedy profoundly affected the lives of all Minnesotans we have held their family in our hearts for nearly 27 years," Dayton said.

 

Minnesotan are urged to keep their porch lights on for Jacab on Saturday and Sunday.

 

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All seats for Sunday's memorial service have been claimed, but space was still available in a simulcast location on the College of St. Benedict campus. To request a seat and receive information about the simulcast site, sign in at www.jwmemorial.net .

 

The memorial service will live-streamed at wctrib.com for anyone to watch from their home.

 

St. Joseph is also hosting the Millsstream Arts Festival that same day, so organizers anticipate signficant traffic for a small town.

 

Jacob Wetterling, the 11-year-old son of Patty and Jerry Wetterling, was abducted the night of Oct. 22, 1989, just outside of St. Joseph.

Jacob's remains were recovered Sept. 2 in a pasture on a rural Paynesville farm.

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Danny Heinrich, 53, of Annandale has confessed to abducting, sexually assaulted and killing Jacob. He told investigators he buried the boy's body in a field in Paynesville. He will be sentence in November.

Memorials are preferred to the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, theNational Center for Missing and Exploited Children, or your preferred children's organization that focuses on building a better and safer world.

There are currently 354 missing and endangered children in Minnesota. You can learn more about preventing child abduction and exploitation on theMissing Children Minnesota or Jacob Wetterling Resource Center websites.

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