Paynesville community shocked and saddened

Small town pulls together for Wetterling family

PAYNESVILLE, Minn. -- Paynesville is no different than many small towns on Labor day; quiet, closed up and people spending time away from work.

But in the past 48 hours, the town has been talking about how, for 27 years, the remains of Jacob Wetterling may have been in one spot just three miles east of town.

"Everybody -- that is what they're talking about," said Jen Kulzer, who has called Paynesville home for 55 years. "It don't make sense. None of it."

They're also talking about how a man who grew up in Paynesville -- Danny Heinrich -- may have had all the answers. Heinrich is a person of interest in Wetterling's disappearance, but hasn't charged.

"You have to feel really sorry for those parents. They just went through hell," Paynesville resident Tom Thielen said.

  


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