Man Saves Missing Teen. Then, Another 'Act of Kindness'

10 October, 2017, 00:39 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Man Who Helped Rescue Alexandria Teen from Kidnappers Gives Back to the Family

A Minnesota farmer was presented with a $7,000 reward for finding a missing teenage girl - and then just moments later gave the money to the girl, who was a captive of three men for a month.

Earl Melchert wasn't supposed to be home that Tuesday afternoon.

For almost a month, the 15-year-old girl from the nearby town of Alexandria had been held captive in a mobile home by three men.

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

For the next 29 days, Barker, along with Joshua Holby, 31, and Steven Powers, 20, allegedly physically and sexually assaulted her and threatened her with weapons, The Times reported. On Sept. 5, however, she broke out, swam across a lake, and started running when she got to the other side.

Block was finally able to make a run for it after 29 days in captivity when her kidnappers "went to the store to get some food".

Police said in a previous statement that, according to a preliminary investigation, the teen was approached by Barker, whom she knew, outside her home around 11 p.m. on August 8 "on the pretense that he needed help with a situation".

"I was usually in a closet and I usually stayed quiet because I was scared they might hit me or do something", she said, according to Fox 9.

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


Wyffels said that when he called Melchert to congratulate him on his retirement and give him the good news about being the reward's recipient, the farmer "couldn't get the words out of his mouth quick enough".

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.

Jasmine is said to have escaped when her captors went out to eat. "I want to present this check to you and Jasmine". "To me, yeah, that's a lot of money, but they need it way worse than I do".

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

'We wanted to thank him. "She has her therapy dog and is playing with her friends again".

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

Melchert told The Voice of Alexandria that the experience has made him look at things differently.

Earl says giving Jasmine his reward money was, "The best thing I've ever done". He is said to have told her that he needed help with a family emergency.

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