Missing Teen Located after Logging into Video Game Account

(TotalConservative.com) – A missing teenager from Ohio was discovered to have been abducted by a man in Florida after law enforcement was able to trace the girl’s location when she logged onto a computer game at the man’s home, according to authorities.

According to the Sheriff’s Office of Marion County, Florida, a 31-year-old man named Thomas Ebersole was cuffed and booked at his home in Dunnellon on Wednesday, Jan. 3, roughly 80 miles north of Tampa for taking the underage girl from her home in Ohio and harboring the 16-year-old at his residence. The girl was reported missing the week before, on Thursday, Dec. 28, by Lima, Ohio police.

Earlier that day, the FBI reached out to the Marion County Sheriff to ask for assistance with locating the missing girl. During the search, investigators told the sheriff’s office that the girl’s account for World of Warcraft was logged into at an address in their county, which they soon discovered to be the residence of Ebersole. The 31-year-old’s account had also been recently accessed at the same address. The multiplayer role-playing game, which came out nearly 20 years ago, is among the most popular in the world.

When investigators contacted Ebersole at the residence and questioned him about the girl’s whereabouts, he denied having any knowledge and claimed he didn’t know her. After enough prodding, they eventually got Ebersole to admit that he drove all the way to Ohio to meet her and then drove her back to his residence. He also confessed to having a romantic relationship with the minor and claimed he was planning to hide her inside his house until they were able to legally marry.

Ebersole also turned over online correspondence between himself and the girl, which detailed his plans to meet her, to be intimate with her, and that he knew what he was doing was illegal. He’s now locked up on $6,000 bail and faces felony charges and a misdemeanor charge.

The girl’s mother also commented publicly on the incident, warning other parents to be cautious with their children and to educate themselves about predators. She said her daughter was “brainwashed” and did not understand the danger she was in.

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