A Minnesota farmer was presented with a $7,000 reward for finding a missing teenage girl — and then just moments later gave the money to the girl, who was a captive of three men for a month.

Earl Melchert, 65, of Barrett, turned the reward money over to the girl Friday at police headquarters.

“Today we witnessed an incredible example of kindness,” Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels said on Facebook.

The 15-year-old girl was abducted from her home on Aug. 8 in Alexandria, Minn., and taken to an abandoned house where she was physically and sexually assaulted.

Fox News does not name alleged victims of sexual assault without their consent.

Fox 9 Minneapolis reported that the girl escaped Sept. 5 by swimming across a lake. Melchert found her when she came running toward him.

Her family posted the reward money seeking information about her whereabouts along with an anonymous donor.

“What no one expected was the kindness and generosity that came straight from Earl’s heart today,” Wylie said on Facebook. “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.”

“Thank you Earl, it is people like you that make this world a better place,” the chief said.

Melchert told the Twin Cities Pioneer Press that he was in the right place at the right time.

“I did what I had to do,” he said.

The girl’s mother said she had been waiting to meet Melchert.

“He’s really a hero for us,” the woman said, according to the paper. “We wanted to thank him. … He didn’t have to help her and he did. He risked a lot of things and put himself in danger.”

The three suspects include a friend of the girl’s family who lured her from her home.

They each have been charged with kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct, assault and false imprisonment.

Tiffany Gaines
Tiffany Gaines

Owner & Founder of Shared Success Global and Entertainment Industry Executive Tiffany Gaines, has been building a name for herself as a woman of integrity and professionalism for more than a decade. Currently wearing several hats in both the entertainment and hotel industries, she has soon preserved the highest levels of professional and personal ethics by maintaining a long-term stability in providing access to a network spectrum of quality entertainment sources to both sides of the business. She’s at present, the business manager for Curtis Young, Son of the Iconic Dr Dre and Executive Board of Director for Forever Young Legacy, LTD, while also holding several other positions such as the Business Manager for former drug Kingpin, now currently Amazon’s best seller/Author Freeway Rick Ross, Urban Pop sensation, singer/songwriter Myko of Rick Ross Music Group and Billboard charting, national recording artist and designer Christine Storm. In addition to management, she is the CEO of LRT Entertainment, Owner and Founder of SS (SHARED SUCCESS) Music Group/BLASIA’S ENTERTAINMENT LLC (A global online marketing agency/distribution company currently marketing and distributing for close to 4,000 artists worldwide), Label Manager for Rick Ross Music Group and Senior Director of Marketing for Monsta Squadd Global and the host of the Underground Over Mainstream Movement aimed at offering worldwide recognition to underground artists who deserve to be honored and recognized just as much as the next mainstream. With a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis on Law and Society, she has proved herself not only as one with intelligence and skill, but also a serious determined business woman and entrepreneur. She currently represents a select few of international clientele in both Japan and China for those seeking to raise or re-position their public profile in the Entertainment Industry. In addition to her extensive resume, she is also a partner and International Hotel Broker for the National Hotels Association (A global network offering hotels at discounted wholesale rates holding contracts with over 750,000 hotels worldwide) servicing her entire platform of Artists, Producers, CEO’s, Label owners, promoters, booking agencies and corporate companies saving her clients up to 75% off retail prices online. Over the years, she has held many positions of the entertainment industry from both major to independent, vastly moving around this circle on various prestigious and exclusive levels. She’s an advocate speaker for the youth, supporter of charitable non-profit organizations and meaningful causes and above all gives every bit of the credit of her works to the Most-High.


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