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Desperate search in unsettling disappearance of Minnesota teen Jasmine Block

UPDATE September 5:

Jasmine’s family has reached out to confirm that they believe Jasmine did not leave on her own, though they said police have not yet identified any persons of interest in her disappearance. Also, the below story has been updated to reflect that date that Jasmine went missing on August 8.  An earlier version of the story said she disappeared on August 15.

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Minnesota teen girl has been missing for two weeks, and family and police are no closer to finding answers than when she first disappeared.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Jasmine Block, 15, was last seen on August 8 at her home in Alexandria.

She did not tell anyone where she was going and left her cell phone, keys, and purse behind. Her mother, Sarah Block, told NBC News that Jasmine had spent the day boating with neighbors but came home with a migraine.

“When she gets them, she gets really sick, like, throws up and everything,” Sarah told the news station “So she changed into her PJs and laid on the couch.”

Later in the evening, Sarah says she had to leave home for a family emergency, but was not worried about Jasmine, as her older sister and her sister’s boyfriend were home.

“She told me she was going to go to sleep,” Sarah said. “I told her I’d be back and to feel better. But when I got home, she wasn’t there.”

The pajama top that Jasmine had been wearing was reportedly on the floor, and a pair of her shoes were missing.

Investigators have been working to identify some people Jasmine is believed to have spent time with the day before she disappeared. According to NBC News, Jasmine had been hanging out with a group of teens and a man believed to be in his thirties.

“We have interviewed several friends or people that saw her with two other teenagers and a male in his thirties that was reported to be balding or very closely shaven hair. They were all reported to be riding bikes and it is believed that these people may have been from out of town,” the Alexandria Police Department said in a press release.

So far, no one in the group has been identified and police are actively seeking tips.

“No one is coming forward to help figure out who those people were, and maybe they know something about what could have happened to Jasmine,” Sarah told NBC News.

“She’s our missing piece, and we don’t know what to do without her, and without knowing if she’s safe.”

Police are reportedly treating Jasmine as a vulnerable missing person because she has a cognitive disability, but have not said that foul play is suspected.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Alexandria Police Department at (320) 763-6631.

 

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