Cop uses Find My iPhone to save woman's life

Cop uses Find My iPhone to save woman's life
A cop turned to Find My iPhone to help save a woman who was stranded in a 500-foot ravine. Melissa Vasquez was ejected from her car following an auto accident, and was missing for 17 hours. The drama began on Monday at 2pm when the OnStar monitor on the car detected an accident. Two of the tires on the vehicle were ripped off the automobile.

OnStar first reported that the incident took place at Highway 17 and Camden Avenue, but cops who responded could not find any remnants of an accident. Later in the afternoon, OnStar updated the location of the vehicle to downtown San Jose, but cops still could not find the accident.

Luckily, Campbell police officer is somewhat of a "tech geek" and when he searched Vasquez's home and found an iPad, he realized he could use Find My iPhone to track down the missing woman's location. But to do that, he would have to guess at the passcode. The officer said that he made an "educated guess" based on common numbers that are often used for passwords. Amazingly, on the third try, he cracked the code.

Turning on the phone's location finder, Officer Cameron was able to get a read on her location. Twenty minutes after being discovered face first in the ground, but alive, Vasquez was airlifted in a Coast Guard chopper. Meanwhile, score one for  Apple's Find My iPhone against the OnStar system. OnStar is investigating why its system failed.

   
source: KGO-TV via BGR

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31 Comments

1. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Very lucky guess. Bravo

24. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

her stupidity saved her live if you think of it

25. AlikMalix unregistered

I guess with your logic, if she was smart and used an android she'd never be found - since android does not feature one program that everyone is familiar with like iPhone. So using android would kill her - yeah she's stupid.

27. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

No, if she used a better password.

28. AlikMalix unregistered

I do t think it was stupid - she just didn't care for it much. It's just as easy to set up a difficult password as it is an easy 1234 or something - I don't think she's "stupid".

29. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

as neo_nuang said, i was referring to the generic password , not the fact that she was using an iphone

2. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

hopefully she is ok but man can we say fanboy article

3. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Who cares...her fanboyism saved her life.

6. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

the article was written in a way to draw out the fanboys not truely to focus on the woman, thats my point

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Since this is a mobile tech site and not CNN, ofcourse the use of mobile tech is highlighted in the story. Duh...

31. Batsie

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

well, I hate iCrap devices but RebelwithoutaClue is right, since this is a tech website)

4. AlikMalix unregistered

oh shut up...

22. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

You're the fanboy stirring fire where there shouldn't be any.

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Luckily, Campbell police officer is somewhat of a "tech geek" and when he searched Vasquez's home and found an iPad, he realized he could use Find My iPad to track down the missing woman's location." This probably should be "Find my iPhone" as the officer already found the iPad -- at her home.

7. jesusnexo unregistered

Later he was charged with invasion of privacy.

8. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Wow, he's incredibly, and miraculously lucky to guess the passcode within three tries. Fate was on that woman's side.

9. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Or, more likely, the officer used one of the security bypass tools that is available to law enforcement. To avoid mention of this in the press, the officer put forth the "lucky guess".

10. Benoit

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

any proof of that? or you too are just making a guess?

11. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Why don't you try searching and reading? What I mentioned is common knowledge.

13. AlikMalix unregistered

My wife uses simple 5555 or 1234 passcode a as she doesn't care as long as the little ones cant get in. Most people don't use effective password that's why Apple now created Touch ID - because most people don't want to bother with passcodes to begin with let alone a simple one. I can guess lots of people's passwords in three tries - like I said most people don't bother unless they got Touch ID to get by faster.

14. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

lol. bypass tools. conspiracy theories and stuff. it's just a random officer not the FBI. I myself opened many iphones by simply guessing random codes like 7777 or 1937 ..

17. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

why 1937? what year is that

32. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

umm, it's a random passcode many use, it has the form of an X 1 than 9 than 3 than 7 which forms an X

12. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Onstar fail! Lol

16. MrsJedi

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

Pretty neat story. :)

19. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

That happened because it's pretty easy to guess a simple 4 digit code.. if she had an Android tablet with enabled sequence, she would be dead by now! :)

20. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Hooray for celebrating law enforcement legally accessing someone's personal electronics device. We're getting closer and closer to a state where police can do whatever they please.

21. Phooey506

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

Woo! I want the police to track me wherever I go after reading this beautifully written article on the world's greatest tech site, Phooeyrena! P.S. why doesn't PA have a mobile site?

23. vinnyb4202

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

OnStar is awful anyway, good that it worked out this way!

26. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Why must every article come down to Android v iOS? For the iOS haters... why is she a "fanboy" for owning an iPad and if owning one is the thing that saved her life...so freakin what! For the Android haters... that's stupid to say if she owned an Android she would be dead, just stupid! If the officer is a tech geek, maybe he's also knows about many of the apps available for locating lost phones on Android. Or maybe he could even look at the "My Apps" section on Google Play, and pick the app she might be using. Also what if she never logged into Find My iPhone, would she still be dead? Cut the fanboy crap people! There's good and bad to both OS's, it's all about choice and what works best for that person.

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