Jacob Wetterling abduction tied to child porn suspect

Federal authorities are calling a man arrested for child pornography a person of interest in the 1989 abduction of an 11-year-old boy who is still missing.

Daniel James Heinrich, 52, was arrested Wednesday and charged with five counts of possessing and receiving child pornography but has not been charged in connection with the disappearance of the boy, Jacob Wetterling of St. Joseph, Minn., Richard T. Thornton, FBI special agent in charge of the Minneapolis office, said Thursday.

After searching Heinrich’s Annandale, Minn., residence July 28, investigators found 19 three-ring binders filled with pornographic images of young boys, a computer hard drive filled with images, and a collection of VHS tapes containing images of children doing ordinary things, “like delivering newspapers, playing on the playgrounds and riding bicycles,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said.

“The videos appear to be filmed by the defendant, and some of them appear to be shot from a hidden camera,” Luger said. “The defendant has denied any involvement in the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling.”

Jacob was riding his bike home from a convenience store at about 9:15 p.m. CT Oct. 22, 1989, with his younger brother and a friend when a masked man with a gun appeared and told all the boys to lie down in a ditch at the side of the road. The kidnapper asked each boy his age before ordering the other two to run into the woods and not look back.

Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/10/29/jacob-wetterling-1989-kidnapping/74819588/