A British amateur sleuth has been lauded for using the promise of free pizza to trick a little girl's father, who allegedly abducted her, into revealing his location a world away.
After police say Virgil Henley, 28, abducted his daughter, Yvette, 4, when a court awarded her custody to her grandparents, a 21-year-old gamer managed to track the two to Arizona from his computer in Surrey, England.
Supermarket employee Harry Brown, 21, traced Yvette to a motel in Arizona by convincing Henley to allow a pizza be delivered to his room.
Brown, an avid online gamer, had previously connected with Henley online years ago. Yvette's grandparents in California discovered the link and implored Brown for help, according to SWNS.
Brown agreed and set out to establish trust with Henley. Two days later, the information began to flow.
With Brown's help, the grandparents and authorities say they learned Henley had taken his girlfriend and Yvette to Arizona, where they were staying in cheap hotels.
But in order to pinpoint their exact location, Brown needed to use trickery. When Brown offered to send a pizza to Henley's room, the alleged abductor took the bait, giving up his location and room number.
That's when cops thousands of miles away stepped in and seized the child, who was turned over to her grandparents, who have legal custody.
"The police had been trying to find her since May and within two days I got his exact location," Brown said. "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."
Brown continued: "She is loving where she is now. I cried so much when I saw the photos of her with her grandparents."
Her grandparents are loving life, as well.
"When Yvette was missing, it was exhausting," her grandfather, Gary, said. "I made it my mission to find her but ended up losing the two jobs I was working. I was just desperate to find her.
"I can't explain how much Harry helped. He was the key to everything."
The grandparents say they are deeply indebted to Brown, who is going to fly from England to California to visit the reunited family.
"It is amazing to have Yvette home," Gary said. "In my heart, Harry saved her life. I will be forever in gratitude to him for that."