How an Aussie FIFO worker fell head over heels for an American man locked inside a jail cell 15,000km away – and she’s still never met him
- Australian dating US prisoner
- Pair met through penpal service
An Australian fly-in fly-out worker has revealed how she fell in love with an American who is locked up in prison on the other side of the world.
Perth-woman Savannah Phyffer, 29, is preparing to buy a plane ticket so she can visit Alex, 31, who is locked up in Nevada, in the United States.
It will mark the first time the pair have ever met face to face after first meeting through a pen pal program in April, 2022.
An Australian fly-in fly-out worker (pictured, Savannah Phyffer) has revealed how she fell in love with an American who is locked up in prison on the other side of the world
Perth-woman Savannah Phyffer, 29, is preparing to buy a plane ticket so she can visit Alex, 31 (pictured), who is locked up in Nevada, in the United States
‘There is something magic between us, and I just know this is who I was meant to be with,’ she told news.com.au.
‘He makes me feel incredibly special and loved.’
Ms Phyffer had started writing to a different inmate through a penpal service called ‘Write A Prisoner’.
The service connects residents from different countries with prisoners.
Ms Phyffer said the inmate had stopped responding to her when she received a letter ‘out of the blue’ from Alex.
Alex was thrown behind bars in 2020 and will be released in 2026.
Ms Phyffer learned that the inmate she had been writing to at the start had shared her details with Alex who took it upon himself to write her a letter.
‘So I guess you could say he made the first move,’ she said.
The pair began writing to each other on a regular basis before they took their relationship to the next level and started chatting on the phone.
They then made their relationship official five months later in September.
Ms Phyffer said it doesn’t bother her that the couple have not met face to face yet because their personalities ‘match so well’ and they get along like a ‘house on fire’.
The 29-year-old said she had been waiting on ‘visitation approval’ since November and finally received the green light in March.
Ms Phyffer has been detailing the couple’s journey on TikTok.
In one video she talks about the moment the Nevada Department of Corrections approved her application to visit Alex in jail.
‘Literally when he told me, I’m going to cry now actually, I couldn’t help but cry,’ she said.
‘And it’s just like a surreal feeling because I finally get to go.’
Ms Phyffer has kept details for her lover’s incarceration a secret but reassured her followers Alex has not been jailed for ‘murder or crimes against women or children’.
She has already made plans to fly over and said she could not wait to ‘hold him and kiss him’.
Ms Phyffer said she intends to live in the United States once her boyfriend has been released from prison.
Alex was thrown behind bars in 2020 and will be released in 2026