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Awarded check for helping kidnapped girl, farmer then handed it right to the girl Featured

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Earl Melchert, left, shakes hands with Alexandria, Minn., Police Chief Richard Wyffels on Friday as they both presented the reward to the kidnapped girl’s family. (Alexandria Police Department) Earl Melchert, left, shakes hands with Alexandria, Minn., Police Chief Richard Wyffels on Friday as they both presented the reward to the kidnapped girl’s family. (Alexandria Police Department)

15-year-old was held captive for 29 days last month 

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- 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.

Three men have been charged with kidnapping and other counts.

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