Brandon Crisp, Missing XBox Runaway Found Dead

In a sad turn of events, Brandon Crisp, the 15-year-old boy who ran off after his father confiscated his Xbox 360, has been found dead in a field. He ran away from his home in Barrie, Ontario on October 13 and could not be found, despite a police search that involved 1600 volunteers and a large reward from Microsoft.

Steve Crisp, the boy’s father, confiscated the console after Brandon “started skipping school, stealing money and ignoring his studies.” The behavioral changes allegedly occurred after he started playing Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare online.

Steve Crisp explained that he was not aware of the importance of the online gaming community to his son, stating:

This had become his identity, and I didn’t realise how in-depth this was until I took his Xbox away. That’s like cutting his legs off. This is such an issue that hits every parent out there, with video games that are starting to control our kids’ lives. I just took away his identity, so I can understand why he got so mad and took off. Before, I couldn’t understand why he was taking off for taking his game away.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family.


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  • you wish

    awee this is so sad !! I wish people could have stoped him. when I heard about this I was thinking to myself want if he was my kid I would cry my eyes dry!! im am really sorry to the family the only think I wonder is how he died and if there is a chance that some how he is still alive! I give him family my warm heart and I hope there is something out there that he is still alive :(

  • john

    First of all, COD4 is rated M so he ain’t suppose to play it in the first place. 2nd, I’m not surpise if more of this tragedy happen bc I know it’s quite addictive. Too bad parents, better watch what you’re kids are playing.

  • C. S. Magor

    John, that is some cold-hearted bile that you are spewing there. M-rated means suitable for 15-year-olds, which he was. And spare a thought for the boy’s father and how he must be feeling right now.

  • Vic DaSilva

    It’s such a sad story and I feel so bad for the parents. They were just trying to do what they felt was best for their son. Now they will live the rest of their lives thinking what if..?

    you are obviously not a parent.

  • Angela

    When matters get this serious we as parents have to be cautious what action we take. If he was addicted then a professional should’ve been involved.

  • Angela

    I also want to add how sorry I am for Brandon and his family. My heart does go out to them.

  • Milla

    M for Mature are games suitable for anyone OVER the age of 17. Not 15.

  • http://NONE Andrew

    Ok, First of all this is very sad that this happened. Secondly everyone here should know that this is kind of ridiculous in the first place. It’s called DISCIPLINE, And if my kid were to be mad about it, i doubt he would kill himself?

    Not sure if the kid Killed himself or not… But if so i think there must have been some mental issues going on in the family. Kids just don’t randomly do that out of the Blue.

    I am sorry for them all though.


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