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Earl Melchert Gives Reward to Kidnapped Girl He Rescued

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By    |   Monday, 09 October 2017 01:43 PM

Earl Melchert is hailed as a hero after he helped a kidnapped girl return home and then handed her his $7,000 reward.

The 65-year-old Minnesota farmer was instrumental in finding a missing teenage girl who had been held captive for a month by three men, Fox News noted.

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.

"Today we witnessed an incredible example of kindness," Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels said on Facebook. "What no one expected was the kindness and generosity that came straight from Earl's heart today. 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."

Twin Cities Pioneer Press noted that Melchert, who is an employee of Elbow Lake Co-op Grain, was working near his home that fateful day, when he made an impulsive decision to pick something up from his house.

"I would have been there (at home) about a minute but I happened to look out and I saw a speck," he told the publication.

"Eventually she got close to me and I said, 'Oh my gosh, it's a woman.' Then pretty soon I said, 'No, it's a young girl.'"

Upon seeing her face, Melchert said he immediately recognized her as Jasmine Block, a girl reported missing after being abducted from her home in August, the Pioneer Press reported.

Fox News reported that the girl had been taken to an abandoned house where her captors physically and sexually assaulted her for a month.

She managed to escape and swam across part of a lake before coming across Melchert, who immediately called police for help.

The three suspects have since been located and charged with kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct, assault and false imprisonment, Fox News reported.

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