(PIONEER PRESS) ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Earl Melchert wasn’t supposed to be home that Tuesday afternoon.
Melchert, an employee of Elbow Lake Co-op Grain, had been working near his home near Barrett and made a last-minute decision to pick something up from his house.
It was that decision that would change the course of numerous lives — especially that of a 15-year-old Jasmine Block. Police say she had been had been abducted and held against her will by three men for nearly one month before escaping the afternoon of Sept. 5.
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