New APM podcast revisits unsolved case of child abduction

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American Public Media will release its own Serial-esque crime series podcast later this month.

APM Reports, the investigative and documentary reporting unit within the network, is examining the case of Jacob Wetterling, a child who was abducted 27 years ago and never found.

The eight-part series, In the Dark, asks why he hasn’t been found and will look at how law enforcement mishandled the case, according to a press release. APM Reports journalist Madeleine Baran will host the series.

“While this case has been covered locally and nationally, no one has really gone in depth about the investigation itself,” said Chris Worthington, APM Reports’ editor-in-chief, in the release. “We wanted to examine what went wrong and why this case has not been solved. And most importantly, why Jacob Wetterling hasn’t been found.”

The series debuts Sept. 13.

APM Reports launched in November 2015. Its first investigation in May led to the closure of a Minnesota juvenile treatment facility. The unit also announced a new podcast earlier this month focusing on black history in partnership with the Washington Post.