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Anonymous donor bumps reward for missing Alexandria teen to $7K

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Jasmine Block has been missing since late Tuesday, Aug. 8. (Contributed)2 / 4
Family and friends gather Thursday, Aug. 10, before setting out to search for Jasmine Block, a missing 15-year-old. Beth Leipholtz / Forum News Service3 / 4
These flyers have been distributed around town. Beth Leipholtz / Forum News Service4 / 4

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — An anonymous donor has upped the reward amount for finding Jasmine Block of Alexandria, who has been missing for nearly one month.

According to the Alexandria Police Department, a citizen, who wished to remain anonymous, added $5,000 to the $2,000 already donated as a reward for the safe return of the 15-year-old girl for a total of $7,000.

Investigators continue to ask the public to search their properties and surrounding areas for anything that is out of place or unusual.

Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels said the investigative team is working hard and pursuing every lead to determine what happened and why Jasmine Block disappeared.

"Jasmine's family, friends and community desperately want her safe return," Wyffels said in a news release Friday, Sept. 1.

If anyone has information regarding this case, there are a variety of ways to report in, including options for those who wish to remain anonymous:

• Call the Alexandria Police Department at 320-763-6631

• Reply to a post on the department's Facebook page

• Send a private message via Facebook Messenger.

• Send an email to reward@alexandriapolice.com.

"No information is too insignificant," Wyffels said . "It may be the piece we need to find Jasmine."

About Jasmine

Jasmine is described as white with a tan complexion, 5-foot-1, 110 lbs, with brown curly hair. According to fliers, she has a recent bruise near the right side of her ribcage, scars on her left arm, a scar on her left ankle and a mole on her left cheek. She was last seen wearing black and red pajama pants and a top.

Jasmine's cell phone was left behind, according to her mother.

An alert from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension states that Jasmine has cognitive disabilities that make her vulnerable, which has authorities concerned for her welfare.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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