Acts of Kindness
Gamer “befriends” kidnapper online and ends up saving a little girl’s life
They weren't sure if the plan was going to work, but they knew they had to try.
Alissa Gaskell
11.17.21

If you think all gamers do is stay parked in front of their computers playing games, you couldn’t be more wrong. Their passion for gaming and meeting people from around the world is not something to scoff at.

You’d be surprised to know how much they can accomplish with their skills.

Take this incredible story of an online gamer from Britain who helped locate a missing little girl.

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Harry Brown, 21 years old, shares how he received a random message on Facebook from a grandfather asking for his help.

“I get a message from this couple, this grandfather messaged me out of the blue, saying that his granddaughter was missing.”

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YouTube Screenshot - FOX 11 Los Angeles

The fiasco stemmed from a court ruling that guardianship of 4-year-old Yvette Henley would be granted to her grandparents, Gary and Kim Forester.

The little girl’s father, Virgil Henley, didn’t take the news well so he took his daughter and disappeared for weeks.

The grandparents were relentless in tracking down Yvette.

That’s when they took to Facebook to reach out to people who were connected to Virgil, with Harry Brown being one of them. Incredibly enough, Gary and Kim stumbled upon Virgil’s alias account which was under the name “Mark Johnson”.

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YouTube Screenshot - FOX 11 Los Angeles

Brown recalls,

“He had been tagged in a meme I liked so we connected on Facebook and spoke a few times about a year ago. As soon as I got this message I thought wow I need to start trying to message him again cause he thought we were good friends at that point because we’ve had a few conversations before. I went through tons of things, I tried sending him money through Western Union to see if I could get his location that way, tried getting him to screenshot his weather app, cause that would show where his location was.”

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YouTube Screenshot - FOX 11 Los Angeles

After many unsuccessful attempts of trying to coax information out of Virgil on his whereabouts, the gamer decided to take a different approach. He then offered to send the dad pizza. Virgil turned down the offer at first but eventually relented.

He gave Brown the complete address of the motel he was staying at in Kingman, Arizona.

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YouTube Screenshot - FOX 11 Los Angeles

Brown was shocked at the development.

“I almost dropped my phone cause I started shaking instantly I was like I can’t believe I actually did it!”

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YouTube Screenshot - FOX 11 Los Angeles

The gamer acted fast and sent the address to Yvette’s grandparents who, in turn, immediately gave the information to the police.

Yvette was found safe and sound and returned to her grandparents.

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YouTube Screenshot - FOX 11 Los Angeles

The relieved grandparents were beyond grateful for Brown’s efforts. The gamer shares,

“They had two grand in reward money and they sent that over straight away and they paid for my flight here, flight back, everything. It was crazy, it made it all feel real, it was like a dream, but now it’s all real life.”

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YouTube Screenshot - FOX 11 Los Angeles

Even though Brown had the time of his life in the United States when he met up with the Foresters, he says the best part of it all was actually meeting the little girl he rescued.

Watch the video to learn more about how the heroic online gamer’s efforts paid off.

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By Alissa Gaskell
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Alissa Gaskell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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