15-Year-Old Girl Disappears Out Of Nowhere, Month Later A Farmer Spots Her Sprinting Through His Crops
Kristin Danley 9/19/2017
When a Minnesota farmer stopped by his home during the workday because he'd forgotten something, he had no idea he was about to become a hero. It all started one month before that moment and culminated in a farm field.
Jasmine Block, 15, disappeared from her home in Alexandria, Minnesota, in August. Authorities disclosed that a family acquaintance had lured Jasmine away from her home by convincing her that he needed assistance with a family situation.
But the male family acquaintance kidnapped Jasmine and, along with two male accomplices, repeatedly assaulted her and held her captive in an abandoned home for 28 days. But one day when the men left that home to grab lunch, Jasmine seized the opportunity to try and escape.
Despite being brutalized for almost a month, Jasmine managed to summon the strength to swim across a lake to get away from her captors. Then, she crept through tall grasslands that led her up to the farmer's home.
As fate would have it, the farmer had popped into his home at the same time Jasmine was sneaking through the grass trying to find safety. He noticed the grasses rustling and paused. During an interview with CBS 4, the farmer said:
"It's usually quiet out here. She was up, so I could see her, but I couldn't tell what it was."
At first, the man thought it was a deer. But once he realized it was a girl, he took action.
The farmer started his truck and began to approach her and then she broke out into a full sprint toward him. He knew right away who it was.
"When she come walking out of the grass I'm thinking oh my gosh, you got to be kidding me. When I saw her face, I knew right away."
The man couldn't believe what was unfolding on his property. He gladly helped her finish her escape route.
"Anybody can call 911, it's just I was in the right place at the right time. It was just a great feeling, [I told her] ‘just get in the pickup, we're going to help you now.'"
Dispatchers told the farmer to remain on the property with Jasmine. While she was climbing out of his pickup and into the sheriff's deputy's car, one of the suspects drove right past them. He told CBS 4:
"So one of the deputies chased him down."
As a father of three girls, the farmer was relieved that Jasmine was finally free. He said he couldn't believe he was the one chosen to help her.
"It was like somebody shined a big beam of light on me yesterday for some reason and, I don't know, I was kind of on a high all day long yesterday."