WINONA, Minn. - Patty and Jerry Wetterling are thanking the public for all the years of support and urge everyone to honor Jacob and live by 11 traits.

In the video message posted Tuesday, Jerry talked about the developments over recent weeks.

"Our family has been lifted up and carried through the agony of the search, the difficult life markers, graduations, family weddings and the loss of our loved ones," Jerry said.

"We have been strengthened by so many in our search for Jacob," Patty added. "After such a long time, the suddenness of the answer, the horrific last minutes or hour of Jacob's life and the finality of his death have been so very hard for us to process."

"It was hard to sleep, hard to eat, hard to think, hard to work. Yet we had to find a way to honor Jacob and strengthen Jacob's hope for a better and safer world for for children," Jerry said. "Once again, wonderful people and organizations came forward with tears, hugs, flowers, stories, notes, gifts, and hopes that Jacob's legacy will move forward."

"Jacob believed in a world where children have the right to grow up safe and follow their dreams," Patty said. "That's what we're fighting for."

"There's work to do. We need to find the children who are still missing. We need to build a world where children are not afraid," Patty added.

"We thank you and encourage all to live the 11 traits to honor Jacob. The idea for 11 came from kids. We love that idea," Jerry said.

"Let the children lead and thank you," Patty concluded.


  1. Be fair
  2. Be kind
  3. Be understanding
  4. Be honest
  5. Be thankful
  6. Be a good sport
  7. Be a good friend
  8. Be joyful
  9. Be generous
  10. Be gentle with others
  11. Be positive

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