The father of a 15-year-old boy who has been missing for a week said that his son’s disappearance was triggered by a family dispute over his video game play.
As reported by the Toronto Star, Brandon Crisp left home last Monday and hasn’t been seen since. From the newspaper account:
"He left because we took his Xbox away," said Steve Crisp, Brandon’s father. He says his son was losing sleep because he spent so much time playing Call of Duty, a World War II-themed shooting game. "This was his addiction."
…Although police have determined that he hasn’t logged onto his Xbox since he left, they are still trying to track down anyone he might have met playing Call of Duty.
"My personal feeling is that he’s met someone online through this game," said Steve. "As a parent, you fear the worst when you don’t hear anything for seven days."
Brandon’s parents had tried to limit his Xbox use, but it didn’t work, prompting them to take the console away.
"(Kids) play these games and it becomes an addiction. It becomes their whole life," he said.
GP: Anyone who has seen Brandon is asked to contact the Barrie Police Department at 705-725-7025 Barrie P.D. has more about the investigation on its website.