Wetterlings to hold community meeting

Patty And Jerry Wetterling
Patty and Jerry Wetterling speak to reporters Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, at their home in St. Joseph, Minn. to address the arrest of a "person of interest" in the abduction of their son, Jacob. The Wetterling's were surprised when authorities told them they had identified a person of interest in their son Jacob's abduction 26 years ago. They urged people to keep calling in tips that might finally explain what happened to their son.
Jason Wachter | St. Cloud Times via AP

The parents of an 11-year-old Minnesota boy abducted in 1989 are holding a community meeting to help central Minnesota residents cope with recent developments in the case.

Daniel James Heinrich was charged last month with four counts of child pornography possession and also named a person of interest in Jacob Wetterling's disappearance. Wetterling hasn't been seen since he was abducted near near his home in St. Joseph, which is about 20 miles from Paynesville, on Oct. 22, 1989.

The St. Cloud Times reports that Patty and Jerry Wetterling have organized a meeting in Paynesville on Monday. Paynesville police chief Paul Wegner says it's a chance for residents to help those affected, and share resources.

A string of unsolved sexual assaults on young Paynesville boys preceded Jacob Wetterling's disappearance.

Correction (Nov. 28, 2015): An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the site of Jacob Wetterling's abduction.

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