CYPRESS, Texas – A 13-year-old lovestruck girl who stole a car and headed to Kentucky to meet her 12-year-old boyfriend almost got her wish.
Beth Robinson made it all the way to Nashville, Tennessee before an alert trooper pulled her over and ended her adventure.
"I can’t wait to see her and hug her and know she was home," Mom Tressa Robinson said.
Beth was bound and determined to see Dylan, the boy she met while playing Xbox online.
She stole her mom’s ATM card, snuck out her bedroom window, hopped in her brother's car and hit the road.
The teen’s parents discovered she was missing from their Cypress home Thursday morning. They called police and her father headed out to try and find her.
"It’s really scary, it’s really scary. I had 15 hours of driving and, you know, all you want to know is that you can hold her again and can tell her you love her," said Robbie Robinson.
Beth’s father said those long hours behind the wheel were tough.
"When you’re sittin’ in your truck by yourself you can hope for the best and pray for the best, but the negative thoughts do enter your mind," he said. "You hear all the cases, all the time that they don’t show back up or they’re missing for months or years."
Authorities also began tracking Elizabeth’s travels through the ATM card. After a Nashville station ran KHOU 11 News' story, an Amber Alert was issued.
When Beth stopped for fuel in Hope, Arkansas, her ATM card was declined six times. Strangers finally gave the teen gas money, but the delay gave her father and authorities time to catch up.
According to WSMV, Trooper Dwayne Stanford received an alert that Beth had been seen in Hope around 2 p.m. Thursday. He calculated that she would be headed his way about 10 or 11 p.m. so he pulled over to wait.
Sure enough, Beth drove right by him on Interstate 40 around 10:24 p.m.
When Stanford turned on his lights to pull her over, she nearly struck a guardrail while exiting the interstate.
"She was scared. She was nervous. She was still explaining to them that she was trying to get to Hodgenville, Kentucky to see this little boy, Dylan," said Tressa Robinson.
The Robinsons decided to let Beth meet Dylan so she could put this to rest, once and for all.
"My husband and I had a long talk, and we need to find out for ourselves and peace of mind what is going on," Tressa Robinson said.
Robbie and Beth made the drive to Hodgenville, but they never found Dylan's home.
They’ll be back in Houston Saturday. Beth won’t face any charges.