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20 year anniversary of unsolved abduction

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In 1989, Jacob Wetterling, 11, and two others were biking near their home in St. Joseph, Minn. when a masked gunman forced them to lie on the ground, instructing two of the boys to run away.

Jacob was never found.

Patty and Jerry Wetterling, Jacob's parents, have spent the last 20 years resurrecting their son's memory through a campaign against sex offenders that led to groundbreaking legislation in 1994 called the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, USA Today said.

Aaron Larson, one of the two boys with Jacob on the horrific night of his abduction, is still haunted daily by the memory of what happened, The Star Tribune said.

"I think it's shaped his attitude about everything, from how he values everything to how he makes choices," Fran Larson, Aaron's mother, said, according to The Star Tribune.

Patty Wetterling recently finished writing a book called Jacob's Hope, which she is self-publishing, USA Today said.

 

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