As time passed and no one heard from Jasmine, the Alexandria police department chose to help incentivize the community for information regarding her safe return, offering a substantial reward.
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.
"I look at Earl as a hero", Wyffels said to the girl and her family in the presentation of the reward.
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.
Shaken as she was after her escape, she was still able to help police find her kidnappers.
As Melchert drove Jasmine to the authorities, she spotted a vehicle driven by one of the three men now charged in the case, leading to their arrests the same day she was found.
On the night of August 8, Barker approached Block outside her house and lied to her about needing help with a family situation, police said. "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".
Mr. Melchert said he knew exactly what to do with the check: He gave it to Ms. Block.
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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.
Block told WCCO 4 News that she escaped when the men left because they told her it would be an hour before they returned.
"What a retirement present to hand over some money to people that really need it."
"The family needs the money", Melchert told the New York Times.
"I did what I had to do", he said.
"Jasmine is in school and they're adding more classes", Sarah told the Pioneer Press. "To me, yeah, that's a lot of money, but they need it way worse than I do", Elchert said.
"Thank you Earl, it is people like you that make this world a better place". We wanted to thank him. "Things are looking up".
The family friend who allegedly abducted her, Barker, who suffers from cerebral palsy, admitted he was on methamphetamine and had bee drinking alcohol. "He risked a lot of things and put himself in danger".
Barker and Powers also face charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, and Barker faces an additional charge of second-degree assault.