FBI Requesting Return of Documents of Wetterling Case

A judge temporarily blocked the file's release


STEARNS COUNTY, Minn. — A state court judge has been asked to order that FBI documents related to the Jacob Wetterling investigation be returned to the federal agency.

Officials in Stearns County had planned to release the investigative case file after Danny Heinrich confessed to the 1989 abduction and killing of the 11-year-old.

But Patty and Jerry Wetterling sued in June to keep 168 pages sealed because they contained personal information.

A judge temporarily blocked the file’s release.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office joined the Wetterlings’ litigation on Tuesday.

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