The Apple Watch made it possible to find a missing woman in the United States. Kidnapped by her former companion, the young woman was quickly located thanks to her connected watch. The American police relied on the GPS of the smartwatch to find the trail of the kidnapper and his victim.
Our colleagues at Apple Insider relay a report from News 4 San Antonio, a local chain in Texas (United States). According to the media, a young woman was kidnapped by an individual named Adalberto Longoria on December 16. It would obviously be an argument gone bad.
According to the testimony of the victim’s daughter, Adalberto Longoria was arguing violently with her mother in the outdoor parking lot of a lot of apartments. The young woman asked that Longoria, her ex-companion, return the things stored in her truck to her. In reaction, the man locked the victim in the back of his truck before setting off with a bang.
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Apple Watch helped police in kidnapping
Before starting, Longoria took care to seize the iPhone of her former companion. But thanks to the Apple Watch remained on his wrist, the young woman managed to call her daughter. She quickly contacted the San Antonio Police Force. In order to silence his victim, the kidnapper braked and negotiated sharp bends several times. Once there, the police used the GPS built into Apple Watch to locate the location of the abducted young woman. The News 4 San Antonio report does not specify how law enforcement went about it. According to Apple Insider, officers could have used two methods.
First of all, it is possible to locate an Apple product (iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch, AirPods) by going to the Locate app, integrated by default in iOS / Mac OS / iPad OS. To find the victim’s Apple Watch, it would have been enough to connect to his iPad or his Mac. Second, Apple Insider recalls that the police can ping cellular devices in order to “Triangulate a user’s position between cell towers”. Fortunately, the victim was wearing an Apple Watch equipped with a cellular connection, capable of connecting to a mobile network without an iPhone.
Either way, the peacekeepers eventually found the kidnapped woman in a hotel parking lot. After driving for several hours, Longoria had finally dropped her off and fled. After weeks on the run, he was apprehended by the police on January 20, 2021.
Source : Apple Insider
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