[Initial reporting done by Eli English]
An unnamed girl in Albuquerque, New Mexico thought she had met the boy of her dreams, Alex Trowell, through the MMORPG, World of Warcraft. The couple (she was 11 at the time, Trowell was above legal age) chatted online for hours and eventually began speaking on the phone and exchanging text messages (Trowell lived in Idaho). Deciding to meet in person, Trowell made plans for a road-trip but was eventually stopped by law enforcement. Learning of the girl’s age the police sent Trowell back to his hometown. A few months later Trowell decided to try again and purchased airplane tickets so the young girl could come to visit him.
The girl (by this time 12 years old) decided that the best way to make sure that “no one would come looking for her” was to write a suicide note before heading to the airport. After she arrived Trowell set her up in an abandoned house next to his grandparent’s home. The couple spent a single night together in Idaho, in Trowell’s parent’s bedroom, and admitted to being romantic but didn’t engage in sexual activities, according to the two. Trowell was arrested the next day and is currently facing “a slew of charges.” The un-named girl was sent back to her family in Albuquerque.