Wetterlings Taking Part In Fundraiser For Documentary

Wetterlings Taking Part In Fundraiser For Documentary Click to Enlarge Photo: Steven Coursolle (KNSI)

(KNSI) – Those in attendance at a sold out gathering in St. Joseph Monday night will be the first to see a new trailer on a documentary on the Jacob Wetterling abduction.

The event is a fundraiser to help the films creators finish editing the film before it can be released to a large audience.

Producer-director Chris Newberry says they spent a lot of time with the family over the years and started filming the same weekend investigators announced there was a person of interest in the case.

“We are definitely going to talk about the night of the crime, you can’t really tell his story without hearing the details about what occurred. And then, we’ll talk a little about the investigation and what led to Danny Heinrich."

Heinrich eventually confessed to kidnapping and killing Jacob in October of 1989.

He says the movie isn’t going to just focus on how tragic the kidnapping was.

“The message of the film really is look what resilience can do, look what happens when you walk towards the light instead of the darkness, that’s what the Wetterling’s focus on, they focus on making the world a better place and so, the impact of Jacob’s case is really what my main focus is.”

The sold out fundraiser is being held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at Bad Habit Brewing. Patty Wetterling will join the filmmakers for an exclusive look into the work-in-progress, followed by a Q&A.

In October, 2015, Danny Heinrich was arrested as a person of interest in the case. In September 2016, he led authorities to Jacob's remains and confessed to killing him.