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MN Man who Aided Kidnapped Girl Gives her his Reward.

10/10/2017, 11:00am CDT
By Nicole Zimmerman


ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) - Police in Minnesota held a ceremony to reward a man who helped rescue a teenage girl who had been kidnapped and held captive for nearly a month. But Earl Melchert had other ideas. When Alexandria Police Chief Richard Wyffels handed Melchert a $7,000 check on Friday, the farmer turned and gave it to the girl, along with a big hug. Wyffels says Melchert believes the girl is the real hero. Prosecutors say the 15-year-old was held captive for 29 days last month. She was repeatedly raped and kept locked in a closet before she escaped and swam across a lake to safety. Melchert saw her running across a field, recognized her, and sheltered her in his truck until police arrived.

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