Published: Mon, October 09, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Farmer who rescued missing girl gives $7000 reward to her

Farmer who rescued missing girl gives $7000 reward to her

The 15-year-old's mother said she wanted to Mr Melchart to thank him for helping to save his daughter. Jasmine had fled from an empty foreclosed home on a nearby lake, swimming part of the lake to escape and find Melchert.

Saving the life of the 15-year-old girl would have already been considered a true act of kindness but when handed the reward at police headquarters on Friday, Melchert did not hesitate in give it back to the girl. He recognized her from missing persons ads and called 911.

"The family needs the money", he said.

Earl Melchert helped save a kidnapped teenage girl.

Earl agrees that Jasmine was the real hero in the situation, which is why he made a decision to forgo his reward money and give it to Jasmine instead. "His instinct said someone needed help".

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

"And those words were, 'I retired last Friday and I could use that money now more than ever in my lifetime, '" Wyffels recalled Melchert telling him.

Mr Melchart told local media that "he did what I had to do". "I believe that if you hadn't been there that day that the outcome would've been totally different". "You guys deserve it".

"What no one expected was the kindness and generosity that came straight from Earl's heart today", Wylie said on Facebook. "Thank you, Earl, it is people like you that make this world a better place", he wrote.

The teen's mother, Sarah Block, called Melchert and his wife "amazing people" and said that she didn't think anybody else would have returned the reward money.

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Jasmine Block went missing from her family's home in Alexandria, Minn., on August 8. "Things are looking up".

"I would have been there (at home) about a minute", Melchert said. "You get in a rut. He risked a lot of things and put himself in danger".

All three suspects have been charged with kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct, assault and false imprisonment. Police said Thomas Barker, 32, of Carlos, Minn., lured Jasmine from her home by asking for help.

Melchert got Block to safety.

Barker drove to her to his residence where he stayed with Holby.

Fox News reported that the girl had been taken to an abandoned house where her captors physically and sexually assaulted her for a month. The two other men were arrested soon after.

Block told WCCO 4 News that she escaped when the men left because they told her it would be an hour before they returned.

"I've been waiting to meet him", she said.

The girl's older sister echoed the sentiment in an interview with the Voice of Alexandria after the presentation of the reward. "Not many, but there still is, and he's one of them". "To me, yeah, that's a lot of money, but they need it way worse than I do".

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