A British man helped solve the case of a missing 4-year-old girl in the United States online by tricking her captor with a promise of pizza delivery.
Harry Brown, a supermarket worker and avid online gamer found the exact location of the missing child Yvette Henley in a motel in Arizona—5,000 miles away from his bedroom in Surrey, England.
The child was being held by her estranged father, Virgil Henley. The child’s grandparents Gary and Kim Forrester of California contacted Brown, who was a friend of Henley on Facebook.
In June, the Forrester’s were granted custody of Yvette after the court found that she was in danger and suffering “emotional damage.” Henley fled the state with the child. The Forrester’s reported the incident to the police and opened an abduction case as Yvette has been mission for almost three weeks.
The Forrester’s also contacted and asked Brown to help find their missing grandchild. Brown and Henley met online a few years ago and are connected on Facebook.
Brown agreed to help the Forrester’s. He opened a conversation with Henley for two days. He learned that Henley together with his girlfriend named Alyssa and Yvette are staying in cheap hotels in Arizona. Brown managed to get Henley’s exact location by offering to send him a pizza.
The police showed up at Henley’s hotel room instead of a pizza delivery. The police recovered Yvette, and now living safely with her grandparents in California.
“He gave me his exact address and room number. I rang Gary straightaway. He called the police in America and a police officer showed up,” said Brown.
“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. The police had been trying to find her since May and within two days I got his exact location,” said Brown.
He added that Yvette is now staying with her loving grandparents. “I cried so much when I saw the photos of her with her grandparents,” he said.
“It’s a really weird set of circumstances that fell into place. Before, Yvette was probably living a nightmare. Now she is in the best place possible for her. She is having the most happy days of her life. I can’t wrap my head around it. It’s life-changing for me. I had all these worries but now they all seem meaningless. I have saved a girl’s life. I have so much more to be happy about now,” he added.
Gary Forrester described feeling exhausted when Yvette was missing. He made it a mission to find his grandchild, but ended up losing his jobs. He said, “I was just desperate to find her. I can’t explain how much Harry helped. He was the key to everything.”
“It is amazing to have Yvette home. I remember standing in the driveway as the car pulled up. She got out and started yelling and she ran up to us and jumped into my arms. I hugged her and kissed her and the tears were flowing.
“It was very emotional. Just to see the joy on her face was incredible. We had prepared ourselves for the worst. I feared for her life. In my heart, Harry saved her life. I will be forever in gratitude to him for that,” added Gary.
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