Missing women found fuels hope for mother of Jacob Wetterling

6:30 AM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The news of the missing women being found out of Cleveland likely took you back to October 1989 in St. Joseph, when Jacob Wetterling went missing.

"I'm hoping, praying for someday to have an opportunity to hold him in my arms again and to begin a new stage of our lives," Patty Wetterling, Jacob's mother, said Tuesday afternoon.

What happened in Cleveland fuels Patty Wetterling to not give up on the missing in Minnesota like Corrine Erstad, gone since 1992 from Inver Grove Heights.

Or Josh Guimond, who was taken from Collegeville 11 years ago.

Or Leanna Warner, last seen in Chisholm a decade back.

News out of Ohio certainly was another positive reminder not to give up on finding Jacob.

"I carry that hope. I say my prayers as we drive by the abduction site and I talk to Jacob when significant things happen in our lives," Patty said, explaining that she thinks about her missing son daily.

For Patty, the hope is fueled mostly by stories in Cleveland when a neighbor took action and those women were then freed.

She thinks it's something that small that will find her son.

"I really believe that someone in our community has a piece of information that we still need and maybe they need to call it in again, maybe they have never called and now it's time. It's time for us to find Jacob," Wetterling said.

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