Harry Brown, an online gamer from Britain, found himself in a situation that could pass as a plot in our favorite crime-solving series.
Hearing about incidents of children going missing is not uncommon. Unfortunately, this type of news is everywhere and would break anyone’s heart.
An integral part of any investigation is to start investigating family members and those close to the family and the victim. This way, the authorities can rule out possible suspects and gain information that will lead to solving the case.
True enough, some cases reveal shocking truths about family members or friends being the person behind the crime. It’s just devastating to know that the people you trust the most can also be the ones who will put you in grave danger.
We may be a fan of those high-rating police procedural crime dramas because of their amazing skills for solving cases, but the truth is, it is not that easy.
Sometimes, no matter how hard the authorities try, criminals seem to be a step ahead of them. There are also cases where they just can’t get ahold of vital information that will ultimately solve the crime.
However, there is always hope.
Sometimes, a twist of fate can present you with a once in a lifetime opportunity to save someone.
We’re talking about a case dating three years back. The authorities had exhausted their ways in solving the case.
But the missing link they were looking for was pieced together by an online gamer who lived on the other side of the world.
Yvette Henley, an adorable four-year-old girl, had gone missing just after attending a court hearing that finalized her custody. The custody was granted to her grandparents, Gary and Kim Forester. It should have been a happy victory, but something tragic happened.
Yvette was nowhere to be found.
Devastated, the little girl’s grandparents did everything to find their precious granddaughter. Everyone involved in the case exhausted all their channels to try to find the missing girl – but everything failed.
This heart-breaking case went on for months.
The little girl was said to staying with her father, Virgil Henley, 28, but they were nowhere to be found. This caused so much heart-ache and worry for the little girl’s legal guardian – her grandparents.
They did not stop looking for their precious baby, and as a part of his efforts, Gary, then 46, came across Harry Brown, 21, one of Virgil Henley’s Facebook friends.
Gary started contacting people from Virgil’s social media accounts in hopes of finding his current address, or at least any information that will help them.
According to Harry, he didn’t personally know Virgil; they were just Facebook friends after they met over the Internet a couple of years back.
“He had been tagged in a meme I liked so we connected on Facebook and spoke a few times about a year ago,” Brown said to Fox11.
After talking to Yvette’s grandfather, Harry wanted to help the couple find their granddaughter, so he started to think of a plan on how he would be able to get Virgil’s information.
He started chatting with Virgil; he subtly teased him to give out his information.
He tried asking him to screenshot his weather app on his phone to see his location, he also tried sending him money through Western Union, but none of these plans worked.
Finally, Harry was able to get Virgil’s location because of a pepperoni pizza!
He offered him pizza, and he agreed, thus giving out his address. It turned out that he, his girlfriend, and Yvette went to Arizona where they stayed at cheap motels. He accepted Harry’s offer and immediately gave him his hotel room’s address.
Good call, Harry! Who could resist a warm pepperoni pizza?
It was unexpected indeed. Even Harry was shocked at the development of his plans! He immediately notified the grandparents about the progress.
“I almost dropped my phone cause I started shaking instantly I was like I can’t believe I actually did it!”
After a few moments, Virgil heard someone knock on the door.
He didn’t hesitate to open it because he was expecting the free pizza, but he got the shock of his life when he saw police officers outside.
This looked like one of the climax scenes from our favorite crime drama series, right?
Thanks to Harry, the authorities were able to pinpoint the location where the missing girl was being kept. Thanks to him, the little girl is now safe with her grandparents.
Yvette now happily lives with her grandparents in California.
“I spend my life on the internet but little did I know that talking to random people would lead to me finding this little girl. She is loving where she is now. I cried so much when I saw the photos of her with her grandparents,” Harry recalls.
Who would have thought that Harry, an online gamer, would be able to solve a case right from his bedroom?
What’s amazing is that he lives over 5,000 miles away!
His plan worked in just two days, and it ended the case that has been open for months. Now, Yvette is safe with her grandparents.
True to their word, Gary and Kim Forester made sure that the reward they posted was sent to Harry.
“They had two grand in reward money and they sent that over straight away and they paid for my flight here, flight back, everything.”
Harry may be miles away, but that didn’t stop him from helping solve a little girl’s case. Gary and Kim paid for Harry’s flight going to the US, and there, he met Yvette and her grandparents.
In the US, Harry didn’t spend his time going to the usual tourist spots, he immediately went to the people who are closest to his heart – there, he saw the little girl he helped rescue.
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