A store worker solved a US kidnapping case by locating the missing 4-year-old girl from inside his bedroom in his hometown, Staines, Surrey. Harry Brown, the supermarket worker who lives in the United Kingdom, cracked the case with some creativity from over 5,000 miles away from mainland US. Harry, whose workplace is in Sainsbury’s, employed a brilliant bit of detective skills so as to locate Yvette Henley, the missing girl in an Arizona motel room: he persuaded her separated father, who fled the state with the little girl, to give him the motel address, so he’ll order pizza for him.
The father, Virgil Henley, 28, had custody of Yvette before a court judged the father incapable of guardianship and handing Yvette over to her grandparents, Gary and Kim Forester. The court hearing was based on the argument that Yvette might be suffering from “emotional damage, ” and her situation could become dangerous, but Virgil did not wait to get the outcome of the court before he fled with his daughter and didn’t resurface with the girl for a while.
On finding out Yvette was missing, the grandparents reported the case to the police and an investigation was launched to determine Virgil’s whereabouts. Three weeks passed after the police investigation started and no significant progress was made. Desperate for some more information, Gary, 46, and Kim, 47, got in touch with Harry, a complete stranger, and teamed up to get a breakthrough in the case.
Harry had a chat with Virgil on Facebook some years back as devoted online gamers. By checking through Virgil’s friends, the grandparents reached out to Harry, hoping he might have some information that will help to locate their granddaughter.
As a good man, Harry decided to help the family, and started talking with Virgil through Facebook; Harry earned his trust in about two days’ worth of conversation. Virgil told him that he and his 28-year-old girlfriend, Alyssa, had moved with Yvette to Arizona, staying in cut-price hotel rooms and sleeping difficult conditions. Harry later managed to get their precise location by offering to order a pizza for Virgil and his family, he also asked for the room number it would be delivered to.
Though, instead of getting his nice pepperoni pizza at his motel room doorway, he got a visit from the police. Yvette was taken away from the hotel, and she is currently living in the secure care of her grandparents in California.
When asked about his experience, Harry said:
“I always spend my life using the internet, but I had no idea that my chats with strangers would lead to me saving this little girl. She totally loves it with her grandparents. I was driven to tears by seeing her pictures with her grandparents.
They told me the police had been working the case since May and I got his exact location in just two days. It’s a really bizarre set of situations that came into play. Yvette was probably enduring a nightmare with her father before.
“She is now with the best people for her. Yvette is now living a very pleasant life.”
He revealed that he has plans to fly to California to meet the family soon. The local Sheriff’s Department released a statement concerning the incident, it read:
“A missing person report was filed for Yvette Henley by her grandfather in Hesperia on June 20. He believed the young girl was with her birth parents and he was unable to reach them. He was given guardianship of Yvette on the same day he filed the report. He said it had been ten days since he saw them the moment he filed the report.”
The spokeswoman continued:
“On July 9th, the grandfather contacted the Station again stating he was advised that the missing child was in Kingman, Arizona.
“The reporting party added that he would be on his way to Kingman to pick the child from child services.”
We say a very well done to Harry for his quick thinking and resourcefulness. He might just have saved the life of Yvette, and that’s reason enough to be proud of himself.
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