A 15-year-old who met his dream girl on the Internet traveled more than 1,000 miles to find her home - only to be stopped a block short in the middle of the night by a police officer.
James Wilson had never met the girl except through an Internet chat-line and a single telephone call.
“I just really liked her,” he said Thursday.
James left his home in East Dundee, Ill., on Monday, pedaling his bicycle 35 miles to the Chicago bus station. He rode to Boston, arriving Tuesday night.
Then, map and flashlight in hand, James walked about 20 miles to Hingham. But before he had a chance to locate the girl’s home, he was spotted by the officer.
The boy’s plan was to find the house, then go sleep on the beach and try to connect with the girl later. Instead, police learned Wilson had been reported as a runaway. “He is not going to be online for a long time,” Wilson’s mother said. “I might even cancel it.”