UPDATE: See below …
Life imitates art quite frequently. John Cusack brought a boombox to a Peter Gabriel concert last week, fulfilling the Say Anything prophecy. We’ve seen Home Alone in real life. We’ve seen Weekend at Bernie’s in real life. We’ve even seen Up in real life (and not the Felix Baumgartner version).
Now, we’re in the early stages of a modern-day double Moonrise Kingdom.
A romance that started on Xbox has ended in four Iowa teens running away from their homes, their parents and police say.
Two teenage girls from Shellsburg and two teenage boys from Atlantic went missing Saturday in what police said may have been a plotted escape.
Crystal Sunderman, the mother of missing 16-year-old Corey Sunderman, said she believes her son met his girlfriend Jazlyn Visek, 15, through Xbox’s online gaming system and planned to run away with her and two other teens.
The ABC News write-up is full of interesting facts about the teenage getaway (go read it), but here’s the truly interesting part:
This is not Corey Sunderman’s first disappearance from home. He’s left twice before, though he always returned and has never had any legal trouble, his mother said.
His most recent run this past summer, Crystal Sunderman said, also involved a girl he met on Xbox.
Seems like you might want to take away that Xbox, mom.
UPDATE: Benton County Sheriff Randy Forsyth, aka Captain Sharp, said the four missing teens have been found in Illinois.
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