Oct 22, 2013 at 9:40 am
ST. JOSEPH,, Minn. (KNSI) Twenty four years ago today (Tuesday), St. Joseph 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped by a masked gunman while riding his bike home from a convenience store with his brother and a friend.
A national search commenced for Wetterling, with posters going up nationwide asking for help in finding the child, with few leads or results.
The investigation into his disappearance continued for months and years, but to this day, Wetterling remains missing.
Four months after his abduction, Jacob’s parents, Jerry and Patty Wetterling, established the Jacob Wetterlilng Resource Center, dedicated to focusing national attention on missing children while also keeping a log of current missing persons reported.
In 1994, the Jacob Wetterling Act was passed, a nationwide law that requires states to implement a sex offender and crimes against children registry.
The Jacob Wetterling Resource Center's Alison Feigh says they're asking people to leave a porch light on Tuesday night, to show a safe way home for Jacob and all missing children.
Safety officials says it's also a good time to talk to your kids about safety in general.
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