More often than not, stories involving iOS’ “Find my iPhone” feature tend to be pretty low stakes affairs. As the stories typically go, someone loses their iPhone or has it stolen and relies upon “Find my iPhone” to track it down and retrieve it. Rinse and repeat.
This is not one of those stories.
In a story originally relayed by NBC News, a Pennsylvania woman recently used Apple’s phone tracking software to locate her kidnapped teenage daughter who had been taken more than 150 miles away from her home.
In a statement issued by the Pennsylvania State Police, “the victim’s mother related that she had been receiving text messages from her daughter requesting help. The mother was able to track the victim’s cellphone by utilizing the iCloud [and] Find My iPhone app.”
As it turns out, the victim was kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend who, it was later discovered, forcefully took her away after using duct tape to not only cover her mouth, but to bind her hands and feet together as well. Following that, the ex-boyfriend/kidnapper, a man named Joseph Boller put the victim in a trunk and started driving.
Boller is now in police custody and is being held on $150,000 bond.