Report: Remains of boy abducted nearly 27 years ago found

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Remains of Jacob Wetterling, Minnesota boy missing since 1989, found

The remains of an 11-year-old Minnesota boy who was abducted in 1989 have reportedly been discovered with the help of a man once questioned by investigators in the decades old case.

Police were led to bones believed to be those of Jacob Wetterling, as well as other items, in an undisclosed location with the help of Daniel Heinrich.

Heinrich was questioned in December 1989 after Wetterling was pulled off his bike and kidnapped at gunpoint in Stearns County.

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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office, shows Daniel Heinrich. Patty Wetterling, the mother of Jacob Wetterling, missing since 1989, said Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 that his remains have been found. Heinrich, who authorities have called a person of interest in the 1989 kidnapping, denied any involvement and was not charged with that crime. But he has pleaded not guilty to several federal child pornography charges. (Sherburne County Sheriff's Office via AP )
This Nov. 3, 2015 photo shows the area where 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was abducted in Oct. 1989 in St. Joseph, Minn. Patty Wetterling, the mother of Jacob Wetterling said Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 that his remains have been found. Danny Heinrich, who authorities have called a person of interest in the 1989 kidnapping, denied any involvement and was not charged with that crime. But he has pleaded not guilty to several federal child pornography charges.
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2009, file photo, Patty and Jerry Wetterling show a photo of their son Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted in October of 1989 in St. Joseph, Minn and is still missing, in Minneapolis. Patty Wetterling said Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 that his remains have been found. Daniel Heinrich, who authorities have called a person of interest in the 1989 kidnapping, denied any involvement and was not charged with that crime. But he has pleaded not guilty to several federal child pornography charges. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig, File)
WASHINGTON - JULY 26: (L-R) Linda Walker (L) and Patty Wetterling participate in a rally in support of the Children's Safety Act (H.R.3132) July 26, 2005 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Sections of the bill were named after Walkers' daughter, Dru Sjodin, who was kidnapped and murdered in 2003, and Wetterling's son, Jacob, who was abducted and has been missing since 1989. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
ADVANCE FOR DEC. 25 AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2015, file photo, U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger, right, follows Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner, from left, BCA Superintendent Drew Evans and FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Thornton as they leave a news conference in Minneapolis where Luger announced federal charges stemming from a long-term child exploitation investigation against Daniel Heinrich.The FBI says Heinrich is a person of interest in the 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
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At the time, Heinrich told investigators he could not recall where he was the day Jacob vanished that October, WTSP reports.

Fast forward to July 2015 when authorities were issued a warrant to search Heinrich's home after police say DNA evidence linked him to the sexual assault of a 12-year-old boy in the area 10 months prior to Jacob's disappearance.

Inside Heinrich's home, cops say they found child pornogrpahy along with news reports about the Jacob Wetterling case.

While the statute of limitations on the sexual assault has run out, Heinrich was arrested last October on alleged possession of child pornography and named a person of interest in Jacob's abduction for the first time.

He reportedly then led police to where Jacob's remains were buried in Stearns County.

The Wetterling family, through the Jacob Wetterling Foundation they established following the disappearance, issued a lengthy, emotional statement after learning of this week's sad development.

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"We are in deep grief. We didn't want Jacob's story to end this way... Our hearts are heavy, but we are being held up by all of the people who have been a part of making Jacob's Hope a light that will never be extinguished. It shines on in a different way. We are, and we will continue to be, Jacob's Hope," the statement read, in part.

Jacob's mother, Patty Wetterling, posted a statement to Twitter.

"Our family is drawing strength from all your love & support. We're struggling with words at this time. Thank you for your hope."

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