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)

十六歲的何姓少女結識陳姓男友後長期不回家,被家人報過五次失蹤,也被法院發布協尋三次,甚至為了逃家還讓男友毆打父親;警方擔心她的安危,利用臉書打卡定位系統尋獲少女,並將她移送少年法庭歸案。

基市警刑大偵一隊隊長許耀彬日前與何女家人聯繫,取得相關資料後,登入臉書要加少女「好友」。蹺家的何女非常機警,根本不加陌生人,許隊長改從友人下手,發出數百封好友邀請後,果真讓何女的好友加自己成為好友,並藉由該名好友與少女的互動,得知七月十三日下午何女將與友人在市區某家簡餐店聚餐,許隊長還從臉書照片得知,少女左大腿有明顯鬼頭刺青。

許隊長在簡餐店樓下埋伏半小時,果真看見打扮清涼、穿短褲、左大腿有刺青的何姓少女,將她帶回警局。

(自由時報記者吳昇儒)