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(GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.) — The remains of Jacob Wetterling, the Minnesota boy who went missing in 1989, have been found, the Stearns County, Minnesota, Sheriff’s Office said on Saturday

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner and a forensic odontologist identified the remains as Wetterling’s, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

New evidence in the investigation is being reviewed and evaluated by the sheriff’s office, assisted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the FBI, the Stearns County Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the statement said.

On the evening of October 22, 1989, Jacob Wetterling, 11, his brother Trevor, 10, and best friend Aaron, 11, were on their way home from a convenience store when they were stopped by a masked gunman who ordered them to throw their bikes in a ditch and lay face down on the ground. He then asked each of the boys their age. After the boys responded, he instructed Trevor to run into the woods and told him not to look back or he would shoot him and then ordered Aaron to do the same.

As Trevor and Aaron were running away, they glanced back to see the gunman grab Jacob’s arm. When Aaron and Trevor reached the wooded area and turned around again, the gunman and Jacob were gone.

On October 29, 2015, a person of interest was named in the Jacob Wetterling case, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota.

ABC affiliate KSTP-TV in St. Paul, Minnesota, reported that according to sources, a person of interest in the case provide information that led authorities to the remains.

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