Saturday, April 4, 2009
Boy, 13, found after driving 2,100 km to a rodeo in Texas
Sat, April 4, 2009
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
JETERSVILLE, VA. -- A 13-year-old Virginia boy apparently loaded his family's pickup truck with food, clothes and his dog, hitched up a trailer with two horses in tow and drove 2,100 kilometres to Texas, police said.
The teen's parents found him safe yesterday.
Police are unsure why the boy ran away Wednesday from his Jetersville-area home.
He apparently was well- prepared, even bringing extra propane tanks along.
Wyatt McLaughlin was found about 2 p.m. yesterday on a rodeo grounds near Weatherford, Tex., where he had performed several times.
His parents looked for him there on a hunch, said Sgt. Tom Cunningham, a Virginia State Police spokesperson.
Surveillance video from a gas station in Mount Pleasant, Tex., appeared to show the boy pumping gas Thursday into his family's pickup truck.
The parents flew to Texas to view the video and believed the boy was their son.
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