Man who rescued kidnapped girl (15) hands over €6000 reward to her

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

A Minnesota farmer who helped save a teenage girl who was abducted and sexually assaulted has turned down the $7,000 reward - instead choosing to give it to the 15-year-old because "she's the real hero". Earl Melchert, 65, was reportedly driving back to work in Elbow Lake when he noticed something moving in the field that he first thought was a deer.

Two heroes have emerged in Minnesota: an abducted 15-year-old girl and the 65-year-old farmer who found her. Fox News and the Twin Cities Pioneer Press report Jasmine Block disappeared from her Alexandria home on August 8, and she was reportedly held for almost a month in an abandoned house, where she says she was physically and sexually assaulted.

On the Alexandria Police Department's Facebook page, Chief Wyffels praised Mr. Melchert's kindness and generosity.

"I look at Earl as a hero", Wyffels said to the girl and her family in the presentation of the reward.

Like many kidnappings, Jasmine was allegedly tricked by someone she knew, and had little reason not to trust. As she ran across a field, Melchert spotted the teen and rescued her.

He, along with two other men, proceeded to zip tie Jasmine, and keep her in a closet. She's probably the strongest person I have ever known'.

Sarah Block, Jasmine's mother, hugs Earl Melchert as she meets him for the first time since Jasmine's return.

Mr. Melchert said he knew exactly what to do with the check: He gave it to Ms. Block.

"What a retirement present to hand over some money to people that really need it."

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"I just want to say that the good lord put me in that spot", Melchert told Block and her family on Friday.

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.

The reward money was offered by the girl's family to anyone who had information on her whereabouts, along with an anonymous donor. She escaped from the abandoned house and began looking for help.

"The family needs the money", he said. "To me, yeah, that's a lot of money, but they need it way [more] than I do".

"We can't thank you enough for what you did", the mother told Melchert on Friday.

"Thank you Earl, it is people like you that make this world a better place", the chief said.

The three suspects include a friend of the girl's family who lured her from her home.

Police arrested Thomas Barker, 32, Steven Powers, 20, and Joshua Holby, 31, last month and detained them on charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment and assault.

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