WoW: Boy Finds 42-Year-Old Woman 'Soulmate'

Last year, on December 29, Andrew Kane asked his mother and father if they would drive him to a hotel to meet with Lauri Price and to spend the rest of his holidays with her. When the parents denied his request, Kane calmly returned to his room. Then, at 2 a.m. Kane's parents heard the front door open. When they went to check on Andrew, he was gone.

According to the initial report from the Globe and Mail, Kane had left a note for his parents that read: "I don't know how to explain it to you, but this will show you not only the commitment we have to each other, but also that your fears of her are ill found…Like I said, she offered to meet with you. I got in the way of that. What person who would do me harm would be willing to meet with you?"

Kane's parents were aware of some of his activities on the internet, including his addiction to World of Warcraft. Kane supposedly played the game "every waking hour," and rarely attended school because of the addiction. Kane's mother also found an MSN Messenger chat log between her son and Price where they engaged in overt sexual discussions and talked about meeting face to face.

On New Year's Eve, two days after Kane had left his home, the police picked up the boy and the 42-year-old woman at Future Shop after a tip from the public.

Kane lied about his age, telling Price that he was 20-years-old, but given that the age of consent in Canada is 16, Price will not face any criminal charges from Canadian authorities.

Price wasn't so lucky on her flight back home, however, as she was arrested on the plane towards BushIntercontinentalAirport due to the age of consent in Texas being 17.

"She enticed him to leave home. That's illegal in the state of Texas," said HarrisCounty prosecutor Eric Devlin, according to the Houston Chronicle. "It doesn't even matter if it's within the age of consent in a foreign country."

"The (online) chats they have are incredibly sexually explicit. She talks about all the big things she's going to do to him sexually," Devlin added. "She helped him to formulate the plan to run away. She provided him with the wording for a note to leave his mother."

Price remains in the Harris County Jail with a combined bail of $310,000.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • cybrcatter
  • alvine
  • NapoleonDK
    You're doing it wrong...
  • tapnick
    She picked a heck of a state to live in and participate in these activities. Next article "Texas woman receives death penalty over WOW love"
  • Glorian
    Can't we all be happy that a WoW addicted gamer got some? Cougar gamer FTW :P
  • NapoleonDK
    GlorianCan't we all be happy that a WoW addicted gamer got some? Cougar gamer FTWAgreed I guess, I have addicted friends and it's a sad life they live. From their point of view they seem to get as much attention as they could ever want, but from the outside they're sad shut-ins who never tag along to the movies or out for a drive or anything else for that matter.
    (Wonders what would happen if Blizzard went under...) :)
  • megamanx00
    Sad, and yet very very strange.
  • Socnom
    Hmm. Wonder if they will get an 'Achievement' unlock for this.
  • razorblaze42
    Kid’s parent’s reaction: Mom is crying... my baby was molested; Dad is high-fiving the kid behind Moms back thinking to himself dam I’m glad he isn’t gay! :)
  • thackstonns
    Ok while I dont agree with her doing this. How do I not commit a crime in another country, but get arrested when I am back home for a crime. Its like gambling in Vegas and having the local cop arrest you for it when you get home. Or going to a prositute in Amsterdam, and then get brought up on charges when you get back. Can someone explain it to me, because I am just not getting it.