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Person of interest in abduction admits to killing Wetterling


The Minnesota man who led authorities to the remains of an 11-year-old boy who was abducted in 1989 admits in federal court that the abducted, sexually assaulted, and then killed 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling.

Danny Heinrich made the admission during a hearing in the child pornography case against him in Minneapolis.

Last year, authorities named Heinrich as a person of interest in the abduction of Jacob Wetterling that occurred on October 22, 1989. He hasn't been charged in Jacob's abduction and death.

But he led authorities to Jacob's remains last week, according to a law enforcement official who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing case.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office said Jacob's remains were identified Saturday.

At the hearing, Heinrich testified that after he abducted Jacob, he drove to a nearby gravel pit area and led him to a grove of trees where the assault occurred. He then shot Wetterling, left him, then went back to his Paynesville apartment. Heinrich said he later went back dragged him about 100 yards from where he'd left the body. He then buried the body on a Paynesville area farm where he led authorities last week. 

Heinrich pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography at Tuesday's hearing. 

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