Moreover, Jasmine was a particularly vulnerable missing person because of her suffering from a cognitive disability. Indeed, having been bullied in the past, she often needed to be protected by her older sisters. And their mother, Sarah Block, told Dateline that the girls were “inseparable.” Jasmine would not have run away, Sarah insisted.
In fact, Jasmine was due to start high school in Alexandria, Minnesota, just a few weeks prior to her disappearance. Then, on the evening of August 8, 2017, she was recovering from a migraine at home. Jasmine’s mother subsequently left her under the supervision of one of her older sisters. But when Sarah returned, her daughter was nowhere to be seen – although her purse, keys and cellphone were still there in the house.
However, despite extensive searches of the area – some of them involving a helicopter presence and hundreds of volunteers – the Alexandria Police Department failed to find Jasmine or uncover any clues. “It’s a heartbreaking scene out here,” Sarah said at the time. “She’s our missing piece, and we don’t know what to do without her and without knowing if she’s safe.”