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Woman questions whether other attacks are linked to Wetterling kidnapping

Jacob Wetterling
Jacob Wetterling

NEW LONDON, MN (MNN) -- A New London woman has raised questions about attacks on children in Paynesville in the mid-1980s and a possible connection to the abduction of Jacob Wetterling. Joy Baker writes a blog called "Joy the Curious" in which she explores on-line mysteries and other topics.

Baker says she recently discovered a series of attacks on children that occurred in Paynesville in the years and months leading up to the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in Oct. 1989 in St. Joseph. She says there was a child abduction case in Cold Spring nine months prior and attacks on young boys in 1986 and 1987.

Baker says the description of the man suspected to be involved in the Cold Spring, Paynesville, and the Wetterling cases are very similar. Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says the Paynesville boys were interviewed by a task force at the time of the Wetterling abduction.