(CNN) – Charleston Police say that an 11-year-old boy drove 200 miles across South Carolina to meet a stranger he knew only on Snapchat.
The young boy spotted a police officer after driving three hours. He pulled up next to his vehicle and said he was lost, according to police. The child drove from the northwest town of Simpsonville to Charleston.
Early Monday morning he told the officer he had taken his brother’s car to go to Charleston where he wanted to live with “an unknown male he met on Snapchat,” police said.
But when he lost GPS signal on his father’s tablet, he could not recover the man’s address, police said, as Snapchat messages disappear or are deleted after they are read.
The child was able to give the officer his name, his father’s name, and his cell phone. He was reunited with his family later in the day.
An investigation has been launched by police into the unknown male, Charleston spokesman Charles Francis told CNN affiliate WCSC.
“I would love tonight, right now, anybody who’s watching this, who is a parent of a child, especially an 11-year-old, to sit down with your 11-year-old, right now, right this moment and have a conversation about what you’re doing on social media, the dangers, the benefits and things that as a parent we need to talk about every day,” said Charleston Police Chief Luther T. Reynolds.