U.S. kidnapping: Man gives $9000 reward money to victim

U.S. kidnapping: Man gives $9000 reward money to victim

U.S. kidnapping: Man gives $9000 reward money to victim

On Friday, the Alexandria Police Department presented Melchert with a $7,000 (€5,960) reward.

Block swam across the body of water, running into Melchert - a local farmer - in a vehicle on the other side.

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.

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.

Wyffels says Melchert believes the girl is the real hero.

Block was kept in several homes during her 29-day kidnapping, and repeatedly sexually and physically assaulted by three men. As she ran across a field, Melchert spotted the teen and rescued her. 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. "Right away I recognised her".

He called Jasmine Block the "real hero", and apparently handed the reward over without hesitation.

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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". "I want to present this money to you and Jasmine".

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

"The reward money means absolutely nothing to me", said Melchert as he addressed Jasmine and her mother, Sarah. He didn't have to help her and he did.

Speaking out about her ordeal, Jasmine Block told Fox 9 News: 'I was usually in a closet and I usually stayed quiet because I was scared they might hit me or do something'.

The two families talked about the girl's recovery process, and how she was back in school attending classes for a few hours a day, Jody Melchert said. "To me, yeah, that's a lot of money, but they need it way worse than I do", Elchert said. "She has her therapy dog and is playing with her friends again". "Thank you Earl, it is people like you that make the world a better place".

'We wanted to thank him. "[I said] 'My name is Jasmine Block and I've been kidnapped.' And he asked if I was the missing girl from Alex and I said 'yes'". But this made me look at things a lot differently.

All three have been arrested and charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment and assault.

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