Apple's Find My Friends app saves the life of a 17-year old



Often when a teenager fails to return home at night, a heart breaking tragedy is behind the disappearance. So when 17-year old Macy Smith missed curfew on the evening of June 7th, her mother, Catrina Cramer Alexander, was frantic. Greensboro North Carolina's WFMY-TV reports that both mother and daughter had previously agreed to share their location with each other using the iPhone's "Find My Friends" app, and Macy wasn't answering calls or responding to texts. As Alexander put it "The lack of response was out of character for her." And "Find My Friends" showed that the teen had been in the same location all evening.

Alexander grabbed her iPhone, scooped up the family and set off in search of her missing daughter. "I can't explain watching the GPS on my phone with my dot for my phone getting close to hers and then suddenly seeing the tire tracks," Macy's mom said later. When she got to the location, she discovered that her daughter had been pinned underneath her car for seven hours at the bottom of a 25-foot drop. As Macy explained, she got into that position when her car hydroplaned "and I went in between two trees and I flipped over and I rolled three times."

Smith's mother gives God the credit for helping her find her daughter and said, "She won't have any feeling on her left arm for a while, but she knows it could've been much worse. It's just truly a miracle and I give it all to God." But the teen credits technology for her safe return. "I just hope that all parents and teenagers will encourage their families to get this app," she said.

If you want to learn how to set up the "Find My Friends" app for the iPhone to help you track a relative or friend's location, WFMY-TV created a tutorial that you can view below. Just keep in mind that if someone does not want to be tracked, they can simply decide not to allow another person to follow the location of their device.

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24 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2324; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Good ending to what could have been a tragic story.

2. Fred3

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I wonder if she was texting while driving

3. seantn4

Posts: 46; Member since: Dec 11, 2018

Apparently she wasn't wearing her seat belt either.

4. iloveapps

Posts: 715; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

I really wonder why apple always have a life saving news as compared to android. I guess apple’s features are more useful.

8. Vancetastic

Posts: 951; Member since: May 17, 2017

This is not the time or place for your idiotic trolling. Have a tiny bit of respect.

10. OneLove123

Posts: 883; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

We are not dumb like bahhhhhh!!!

13. iloveapps

Posts: 715; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Actually you do.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7028; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Android has had find my phone feature for years. You always make it seem like only Apple has had it. When in reality Android was using it before Apple.

5. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 589; Member since: May 26, 2011

Must be waiting for someone to bite.

7. pogba

Posts: 98; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

Shame on you apple fanboys for trying to turn this into a useless dick measuring contest. Can't you just for a moment appreciate the fact that a girl's life was saved. What if she was was already dead? Or in the crash it fell at another spot and it took even longer to find her? What if she left her phone behind? Why do you think the girl's mother gives credit to God and not to Tim Cook. I acknowledge the fact that the technology had a critical role in the eventual rescue of the girl, but it could have been a lot worse. It sickens me how far we done fell. That some of us lack the decency to overcome blind hate even in a moment like this.

11. oldskool50

Posts: 962; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Imagine being pinned under a car for 7 hours. OMG. Seemed someone would have come to a conclusion sooner to go look for her. Yes. Google offers the similar and me and the mate always can GPS located each other. It's a nice thing to.have, regardless of platform.

12. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It's like god has nothing better to do than to waste time, rescuing one of the 7 billion people that lives on this earth... Tell that woman that the technology saved her daughter while the only thing that her god did was to take a dump while he listened to some angels sing.

16. Vancetastic

Posts: 951; Member since: May 17, 2017

Classy as always, Leo.

17. TBomb

Posts: 1276; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

It's crazy how what someone thinks is right can make their life seem completely useless to someone else. I hate the disrespect some people have.

19. Vancetastic

Posts: 951; Member since: May 17, 2017

Some people are just a**holes. Having no friends is not fun, I guess.

20. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Making fun of the irrational has always been a form of art.

18. Subie

Posts: 2324; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Leo, whether you believe in God or not, saving one of the "7 billion" people on earth is not a waste of time!

21. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Of course every single human life is valuable, but god - any (invented) god - doesn’t give a crap on anyone. I’ll say it again: this girl has been saved by technology, not by god.

14. pecapello

Posts: 106; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

the very first thing i do every time i get a new iphone or reset it is to get rid of this app haha

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