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Chinese man who escaped prison found hiding in cave 17 years later

The Chinese police have arrested a fugitive who’d been on the run for 17 years. The police used used modern technology such as camera fitted drones to spot his cave hideout.

Song Jiang, a 63-year old man had been jailed for trafficking women and children but escaped from a prison camp in 2002.

He had been living in a tiny cave cut off from human interaction for years. Yongshan police received clues about Song’s whereabouts in early September. Those clues led them to the mountains behind his hometown in Yunnan province in south-west China.




After regular manned searches failed to find him, authorities sent drones to assist officers. The drones eventually spotted a blue-coloured steel tile on a steep cliff as well as traces of household rubbish nearby.

Police then moved in on foot and found Song in a small cave where he’d been hiding for years.

According to the police, the man had been living in seclusion for so long that it was difficult for him to communicate with the officers.



Song had used plastic bottles to get drinking water from a river, and branches of trees to make fire.

He has been sent back to jail.


Source : Various


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