Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Mother uses ‘Find My iPhone’ feature to track down her kidnapped daughter

Published Feb 19th, 2016 7:00PM EST
Find My iPhone

If you buy through a BGR link, we may earn an affiliate commission, helping support our expert product labs.

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.

DON’T MISS: New report hints at major design changes for iPhone 7

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.

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.

Latest News