Checking in on Facebook allows cops to catch runaway girl 臉書打卡定位 找到逃家少女

Wed, Jul 17, 2013 - Page 11

After a 16-year-old girl, surnamed Ho, met her boyfriend, surnamed Chen, she did not return home for quite a long time. Her family reported her missing five times and a court included her in three bulletins for missing persons. Ho had even made her boyfriend assault her father so that she could run away from home. The police were concerned about her safety, and decided to use Facebook’s check-in locating system to find the girl, eventually sending her case to the juvenile court system for processing.

Hsu Yao-bin, director of the Keelung City Police Bureau’s Criminal Investigation Division, recently got in contact with Ho’s family and obtained relevant information regarding the case. He logged into Facebook and sent an invite to Ho to become friends. The runaway girl was quite leery and would not add any strangers, so Hsu decided to try pursuing her friends instead, sending out several hundred invitations to her friends on Facebook. One of Ho’s friends actually added him and he was able to use the online interaction that was happening between Ho and the friend to determine that they were eating at a restaurant on the afternoon of July 13. From pictures on Facebook, Hsu was also able to determine that Ho had a prominent and sinister-looking tattoo on her thigh.

Hsu hid downstairs at the restaurant for half an hour and spotted Ho, who was dressed in summer attire, wearing shorts, and he saw the tattoo on her thigh and took her back to the police station.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)