Man Gives Reward To Kidnapping Victim

He rescued a kidnapped Minnesota girl. Here's what he did with the $7K reward

It was a regular day for Minnesota resident Earl Melchert, but on his way home from work on September 5th, he noticed something unusual moving in his field of vision and quickly chose to investigate. Since the teen knew Barker, Wyffels said she got into his vehicle and Barker drove her to the home he shared with Holby.

When Melchert saw some movement in his field, he wasn't sure if it was a bear or a person, Richard Wyffels, the Alexandria police chief, said on Friday. Melchert found her when she came running toward him.

"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 told The New York Times.

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

At a news conference last month, the police chief said Block helped authorities capture the three accused abductors.

The teenager was repeatedly attacked and sexually assaulted by Barker and friend Steven Powers, 20.

On Sept. 5, Earl Melchert stopped by his home momentarily to pick up something he'd forgotten.

It was for this reason that Melchert was chosen as the recipient of a $7,000 reward for Jasmine's safe return after she disappeared from her Alexandria home on August 8.

After helping to rescue a young woman who had just escaped her kidnappers, this 65-year-old man then handed over his $7,000 reward because she was "the real hero".

Ever since Block first disappeared, law enforcement officials had been offering $7,000 for any information on her whereabouts. "Thank you, Earl, it is people like you that make this world a better place", he wrote.

Melchert immediately brought her to safety and called 911.

Mr. Melchert, who recently exhausted as a manager of a fertilizer plant, said it was the best thing he had ever done. "Things are looking up". 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. "If we all treat each other like what happened in this room, I think we're going to have a better place".

They each have been charged with kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct, assault and false imprisonment. She was held in a closet, restrained by zip ties. "To me, yeah, that's a lot of money but they [the family] need it worse than I do".

The three men also moved Block to various locations, ending with an abandoned house near Melchert's property. On Sept. 5, they left her alone while they traveled to a nearby town for lunch.

"The family needs the money", he was reported saying.

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