Man who found missing Minnesota girl gives $7G reward to her

Man Who Helped Rescue Alexandria Teen from Kidnappers Gives Back to the Family

As time passed and no one heard from Jasmine, the Alexandria police department made a decision to help incentivize the community for information regarding her safe return, offering a substantial reward.

Fortunately, she was able to escape, and while running across a field, was spotted by 65-year-old Earl Melchert, who recognized her from missing person posters.

Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels said on Facebook: 'Today we witnessed an incredible example of kindness.

In August, 15-year-old Jasmine Block was abducted and brought to a secluded mobile home.

The girl told police that she'd escaped from an abandoned house, near Melchert's property, where the three suspects allegedly kept her for the previous few days.

Jasmine had been missing for 29 days when she finally found an opportunity to make a run for it and could be returned to safety. Police say she had been had been abducted and held against her will by three men for almost one month before escaping the afternoon of September 5. She added that she swam across the lake even though "I'm not a good swimmer".

It was the first time Sarah Block had met Melchert. He told Wyffels in a phone call that he "could use that money more now than ever", the police chief recounted during the presentation, "but it wouldn't be right".

"I thought at first it was a deer", Melchert told The New York Times, saying he soon realized it was Block.


Police said that family acquaintance Thomas Barker, 32, had come to the teen's home while she was alone and said he needed help with a family situation.

Amazingly, Jasmine was even able to help the police seize her perpetrators by identifying their vehicle nearby.

'We wanted to thank him.

"The family needs the money", he said. He mentioned that it was a lot of money but that the family needed it way more than he did.

"The reward money means absolutely nothing to me", he told Block's mother, Sarah Block.

During her captivity, the girl was also taken from Barker's residence to "various locations including a cornfield and a foreclosed property in Grant County", police said. "She has her therapy dog and is playing with her friends again". "You guys deserve it, and I think it's going to the best place it can go". "Things are looking up".

They are alleged to have threatened her with weapons at various different addresses within the vicinity of Mr Melchert's home.

Barker and Powers also face charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, and Barker faces an additional charge of second-degree assault.

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