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How Your BlackBerry Could Save Your Life
Michael D. Cole
For most of us, losing or misplacing our beloved mobile device can be an inconvenient, sometimes even traumatic experience.

For Robert Scott, the all-too-frequent tribulation proved to be a blessing in disguise -- one that likely saved his neighbor's life this month.

Scott's BlackBerry, misplaced as it was, proved to be in the right place at the right time for Mae Wilkerson, a 57-year old Susquehanna Township, Pa. who was kidnapped and locked in her car trunk for two days.

As Good Morning America reported, Wilkerson was rescued with the help of Scott's Blackberry, which he had left in Wilkerson's car following a night of dinner. The mobile device ultimately served as a homing beacon for police officers in helping them rescue Wilerson from her locked trunk.

The story, as reported by GMA and others, transpired like this: On Sunday, June 14, Wilkerson went to dinner with Scott and his wife. Wilkerson drove that night, and upon returning, Scott walked the two blocks to his house, forgetting to bring his BlackBerry back with him.

Then shortly after partying ways with Scott, Wilkerson was kidnapped and assualted by several masked intruders and locked in the trunk of her car. Shortly thereafter, Wilkerson's son called the police to report his mother missing.

When investigators reached Scott to gather information, he recalled the missing BlackBerry.

"I began to talk, and I said, 'You know, I think my BlackBerry is in (Mae's) car,' and they said, 'Oh my God, that's all we need," Scott told Good Morning America. With the help of the signal from the device (it was reportedly a BlackBerry Curve), the police raced against time, and were able to narrow the search from three possible locations; they eventually found the car, with Wilkerson inside, in an alley eight miles from her home. 

Though dehydrated and bruised, Wilkerson, who was hospitalized, is reportedly recovering.

"It's a blessing in disguise in many ways," Scott told GMA. "I'm very thankful for that.

An obvious moral to the story: for those who think that a BlackBerry is a meddlesome and intrusive device, you might want to think again: it could save your life.

 
 
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