50 people in 50 days: Boy abducted at gunpoint 21 years ago
February 28th, 2011
11:21 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Boy abducted at gunpoint 21 years ago

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 31st case, and it was shown Monday night on HLN.

Jacob Wetterling's family has not seen him since he was abducted at gunpoint in St. Joseph, Minnesota, in October 1989. He was 11.

His brother and his best friend witnessed the abduction, according to his mother, Patty Wetterling.

After Jacob's abduction, Patty Wetterling became an advocate for families of missing children, helping to build Team HOPE (Help Offering Parents Empowerment), a parent-to-parent mentoring program. She also headed the sexual violence prevention program at the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Where's my damned keys?

    So. . .31st case. . .how many have Ms. Grace found so far?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jaime

    where is my comment

    March 1, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jaime

    the clothing the boys were wearing was it taken in as evidence? have they done touch dna testing on it? this is a new type of dna testing that was developed in the last few years.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. rjacobsen

    Nancy Grace is nothing but a bullie and cnn condones all seh dose now one can know why fox news is beatign the hell out of cnn on news rateing who ever placed and hired ed hill is a complete nut cnn hs not any brains or common sense where is mike ware? the best reporters gone stouffer gone could name more and who is this bald headed nut on american morning? have you none better? my last word get nancy grace gone look at her rating she has none to keep such a bully outragious.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
    • AliG

      Please learn how to spell and punctuate a sentence. Please.

      March 18, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    Israel is becoming a nation

    March 1, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. Veritas

    Nancy grace could'nt find her azz with both hands and a picture. She's a mean spirited bzzzitch who bullies her guests, and thinks she's superior to everyone who appears on her show. Why anyone appears on her show is a mystery to me. She acts like a cop interrogating rather than asking questions of her guests. She's judgmental, rude and the list goes on add infanitum! Still waiting for her to find someone. When she finds them they'll be on the show so she can find another way to victimize them again. Why does she have to put a picture of herself on here? Because she can't get enough of herself.

    March 1, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ace

    totally agree shes a fn bully and so much for 51 people in 51days

    March 1, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Wes Read

    I read the comments regarding missing persons and I know these responses are not from people that have gone through something as horrific as a family member that has gone missing. Where is the compassion for the families left behind? My sister Kay Read is one of these victims. Our family knows what others are going through and it is devastating. My 95 year old mother grieved herself to death. She could never come to grips with what happened to Kay. I applaud Nancy Grace for helping families in theiir time of need. Do you know how difficult it is to keep your loved one in the news so that the right person might give a tip or lead to help resolve their case. More power to you Nancy and your Team.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. Veritas

    @Wes Read my deepest apologies for ranting. In regards to your loss my heartfelt condolences. My issues with nancy graces style or lack thereof are quite meaningless in the face of your loss. Please forgive my thoughtless venting.

    March 1, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Name

    Sorry, "Unsolved Mysteries" did a much better job at profiling missing people, without all of the Nancy Grace arrogance. While my heart weeps for Wes Read and his family, Nancy's doing this because of sweeps, not because of any altruistic values on her part. Perhaps if she were less combative, more people would tune in, and more people could be found. As it is, I can't stand watching her, so how much help can I be?

    March 1, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jess

      Do you know Nancy? How do you know what she thinks or feels in her heart, or why she does these stories? IS SHE DOING SOMETHNG POSITIVE ? Yes ! IS she annoying? Sometimes but aren't we all!?

      March 24, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DaNNiie

    I applaud Nancy for all her 'bullying' of these 'so-called' grieving family members who turn up really having a hand in all these missing and murdered children. It disgusts me all these women who have killed THEIR OWN CHILDREN, then get on t.v. lying to the world. BULLY on Nancy !

    March 9, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. Laurette

    In two separate incidences, both me and my daughter came very close to being abducted by strangers at a VERY young age. Thank God we both had the opportunity to escape. My heart felt prayers go to those children who couldn't escape. Their families need all the prayers and help they can get.

    March 11, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • flippin

      These kids need the rest of us to pay attention and watch for them. We can't just forget about them. Kids deserve the effort from all of us.

      March 18, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. Stephie

    Regardless of how you feel about Nancy Grace, they have already found one and have 11 tips on Jacob. Why not try to come up with some brainy stuff instead of the critical crap?

    March 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. katie w

    Want to find this child now a young man, just start looking around any of the MANY cults or "colonys" as they call themselves. Good place would be South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota. Probably find many other missing children as well because they get so inbred they need new bloodlines in their little world of isolation, mystery and secrets.

    March 23, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • flippy

      There are crazy, criminal people everywhere, in every country, city, town, church, school, military, whatever. Have you ever been to either of these three states? They are filled with the same family loving, caring, honest, intelligent people you find everywhere else. Likewise, there are, as you put it, "colonys", in every state. There should be a test for ability to think before handing someone a mouse so they can play amateur detective from the safety of their couch and tray of Doritos.

      March 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Janelle

    When I saw the headline, I thought it had to be the Wetterling case. I live in Minnesota, about 50 miles from where this happened. This is the biggest unsolved mystery we've ever had and rumors have been flying around for years. I hope that when katie w mentioned cults in MN, SD and ND that she picked those 3 states because they are closest, not that she thinks we are crazier. Actually, the rumor that he was abducted by a satantic cult was going around when I was a teenager. There were some mistakes made in the investigation. Police always focused on a car because tire tracks were found near the scene. The kids never actually saw a car. Recently, someone came forward and admitted the tracks were his. On that night he heard the call on a scanner, and went to the spot to see if he could see anything. He saw nothing, and beat the local sheriff to the scene. He met the deputy, gave him his name and plate number, and said where he'd been. The cop never wrote the info down. The local snoop's alibi checks and he's not considered a suspect. That means there might not have been a car. Investigators recently dug up a nearby farm and found nothing. Patty has always held out hope that her son is still alive, although most people here doubt it. But then, they never have found his body.

    March 30, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |