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Man admits to abducting, killing 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling from Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota man has confessed to kidnapping and killing 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling nearly 27 years ago.

The remains of Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted almost 27 years ago, was found last week. (Jacob Wetterling Resource Center)

The remains of Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted almost 27 years ago, were found last week. (Jacob Wetterling Resource Center)

Danny Heinrich made the admission Tuesday as he pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in federal court in Minneapolis.

Heinrich led authorities to Jacob’s remains last week, according to a law enforcement official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing case.

He admitted abducting Jacob from a rural road near the boy’s home in the central Minnesota community of St. Joseph on Oct. 22, 1989.

Authorities named Heinrich as a person of interest last October when they announced the child pornography charges.

The abduction of the 11-year-old boy led to the 1994 Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, which requires states to maintain sex offender registries and guidelines.