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Minnesotans React To New Search For Wetterling

July 1, 2010, 9:56 PM by Katie Janssen

Minnesotans React To New Search For Wetterling
LUVERNE, MN - Minnesota investigators are searching a farm near St. Joseph, where Jacob Wetterling went missing more than 20 years ago.  Authorities aren't saying exactly what they're looking for, but just the boy's name brings back the memory of his abduction.

Many Minnesotans remember well when Wetterling went missing. In fact, for many, it felt like they lost a hometown boy.

At the Coffey Haus in downtown Luverne, Tammy Makram serves some of the sweetest treats in town. But news about a new search in the Wetterling case brings back some bitter memories.

"Given the fact that it happened in a very small town also, did make you think twice about how safe your children are," Makram said.

Makram's son, now 21, was born the year Wetterling disappeared. She remembers much about the case; that Wetterling was riding his bike in 1989 near the farm authorities are now digging up when a masked man abducted him. He hasn't been seen since.

Makram says if there was anything good to come from the situation, it was the awareness it brought to missing children.

"That's the first thing I remember when I hear the name Jacob Wetterling because the word really got out about what happened to him," Makram said.

And whether or not investigators find answers, people haven't forgotten what it felt like when 11-year-old Wetterling went missing.

"You see kids riding their bicycles around town,” Makram says. “Everyone in a small town, you keep your eye out."

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that two young detectives took a fresh look at the case and prompted the search of the farm.

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