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Suspect named in Jacob Wetterling’s disappearance from 1989

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Updated: Thursday, October 29, 2015, 3:31 PM

Daniel James Heinrich, 52, was arrested Wednesday on child porn charges and has been named as a suspect in the 1989 disappearance of Jacob Wetterling. Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office

Daniel James Heinrich, 52, was arrested Wednesday on child porn charges and has been named as a suspect in the 1989 disappearance of Jacob Wetterling. 

A suspect has been named in the 1989 disappearance of an 11-year-old Minnesota boy who was abducted at gunpoint while riding his bike. 

Danny James Heinrich has been linked to Jacob Wetterling’s disappearance, the first lead in more than two decades after the child’s disappearance.

Heinrich was arrested at his home on Wednesday night, on suspicion of receiving and possessing child pornography.

Jacob Wetterling was riding his bike with a friend when he disappeared. Handout

Jacob Wetterling was riding his bike with a friend when he disappeared.

Enlarge An illustration of what Jacob would look like now, at age 37. Stearns County Sheriff’s Office

An illustration of what Jacob would look like now, at age 37.

Enlarge Crews investigated a farm in 2010. KIMM ANDERSON/AP

Crews investigated a farm in 2010.

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He has not been charged yet with Jacob’s abduction. The child was never seen again

DNA evidence was found on clothes in Wetterling’s house that may link him to other sexual assaults from that same year.

In this Oct. 26, 1989 file photo, Patty Wetterling rests on the shoulder of her husband, Jerry, five days after their 11-year-old son Jacob was abducted by a masked man with a gun near thier St. Joseph, Minn., home. Jim Mone/AP

In this Oct. 26, 1989 file photo, Patty Wetterling rests on the shoulder of her husband, Jerry, five days after their 11-year-old son Jacob was abducted by a masked man with a gun near thier St. Joseph, Minn., home. 

Jacob Wetterling was riding bikes with his friends the night of Oct. 22, 1989, when a masked gunman stopped them.

After asking their ages, he told two of the boys to run away into the woods and held Jacob captive. The boy has not been seen since.

This is the first suspect named in a search that has gripped the Minnesota town, some 75 miles northwest of Minneapolis, for more than two decades.

“The community and the family need to have answers. And they’ve waited far too long,” Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner said on the 25th anniversary of the disappearance.

ang@nydailynews.com

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