Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith today released statements on the developments in the Jacob Wetterling case.

The following is a statement from Governor Mark Dayton:

“For nearly 27 years, Minnesotans have held the Wetterling family in their thoughts and prayers, as they never gave up hope and never stopped searching for their beloved Jacob. Today, we continue to offer our love and support, as the Wetterling family finally brings their son home to rest.

“I hope they will find solace in knowing that they do not stand alone. Jacob’s story has touched the lives and hearts of Minnesotans for a generation.

“Today, I pray for a measure of peace for the Wetterling family and for all Minnesotans touched by this terrible tragedy. And I thank the law enforcement officials and others who never stopped searching for him.”

The following is a statement from Lt. Governor Tina Smith:

“There is nothing parents fear more than losing their child. For one Minnesota family nearly 27 years ago, that fear became tragically real.

“None of us will ever know what the Wetterlings have gone through, on that day, or on each day since.

“But every Minnesota family has felt their loss. My own sons were small when Jacob was lost, and for more than two decades, our family and all Minnesota families have hurt, prayed, and hoped alongside the Wetterlings.

“That pain won’t end today. But as the Wetterling family finally brings Jacob home, I hope they will find love and support in the thousands of families, including mine, in Minnesota, who have hurt, hoped, and prayed alongside them.

“The Wetterling family never stopped searching. We stand in solidarity with the Wetterlings as they seek justice, and peace.

“We will always keep Jacob in our hearts.”