Farmer who rescued missing girl gives $7000 reward to her

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

On Friday, the Alexandria Police Department presented Elchert with a $7,000 reward check; $2,000 was offered by the teen's family and $5,000 had come from an anonymous donor.

'I opened the door and told him (Earl Melchert), to call 911.

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.

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

Wyffels called Melchert a "hero" at a meeting with Melchert and Block's family on Friday.

Prosecutors say the 15-year-old was held captive for 29 days last month.

But she escaped from the house where she was being held and swam across a lake to get to Mr Melchert's home.

"I could make out her face, and I went, 'Oh my gosh, this is the gal from Alexandria that's been gone for 29 days, '" Melchert said. Lured away from her home by a family acquaintance, she was restrained, raped, threatened with guns, and usually kept in a closet, police said. She's probably the strongest person I have ever known'.

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'He believes that young lady that came running towards him that September day is the real hero, and without hesitation, Earl handed the reward over to her, followed by a big hug.

When they handed Earl the check for the reward earlier this week, however, he immediately gave it to Block. "I want to present this money to you and Jasmine". She escaped from the abandoned house and began looking for help.

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.

'We wanted to thank him. He mentioned that it was a lot of money but that the family needed it way more than he did.

"I've been waiting to meet him", Jasmine's mother, Sarah, told the TwinCities.com. "He risked a lot of things and put himself in danger". "You guys deserve it, and I think it's going to the best place it can go".

The family friend who allegedly abducted her, Barker, who suffers from cerebral palsy, admitted he was on methamphetamine and had bee drinking alcohol.

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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