Boston police worked tirelessly for two days until they found Olivia Ambrose, the woman who was kidnapped at a bar while under the influence. But there was another thing that contributed to her rescue: Apple app Find My iPhone.
According to reports, the 23-year-old woman’s sister used the application to track her whereabouts and lead police to the area where she was found. The map pointed them to an intersection in Charleston’s Bunker Hill development.
After scouting the area, speaking to eyewitnesses and seeing surveillance camera footage, investigators were able to locate Ambrose’s abductor Victor M. Pena, and his apartment.
UPDATE: #BPD release images of person of interest in relation to Missing Person Olivia Ambrose. Anyone with info relative to this person’s ID is asked to call detectives at (617) 343-4248, CrimeStoppers at 1(800) 494-TIPS or text ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). https://t.co/h8CHmPidWa pic.twitter.com/SB1DLj5mRO — Boston Police Dept. (@bostonpolice) January 22, 2019
Ambrose vanished Saturday night after leaving a bar near Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston, where she had been with her twin sister and friends.
Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said surveillance footage captured the man holding Ambrose later that night, and it was clear “she did not go along willingly.”
Ambrose told police that Pena took her phone, according to court documents. At one point, Ambrose managed to get her phone back and send text messages to her mother, they say.
When police entered Pena’s apartment, Ambrose was crying and had a “horrified look on her face,” the documents said.
They eventually got her out safely and arrested him. He has now been charged with kidnapping.