When they first heard the news about a shooting rampage on the campus of UC Santa Barbara, one student's parents feared the worst. They did what any scared parent would do: They called and called again but couldn't get an answer on their daughter's phone. There was also no contact from police, the school or emergency services.
They decided to drive from Los Angeles to find their daughter. They first stopped at the local hospital. But they had no record of their daughter.
That's when they turned to technology for help, but discovered the worst:
Veronika Weiss's parents activated an iPhone tracking app to see if they could locate their daughter. It placed the young woman right in the middle of the crime scene. Unable to get confirmation of her condition they checked her phone again, and made a chilling discovery.
"We got to the border of the crime scene and we turned it on again," said Weiss. "We could actually see the phone moving which we assume was Veronika's body being moved to the coroner's truck."
She was 19 years old, a freshman at UCSB and one of six victims.
Apps like Find My iPhone were designed to help you recover a lost or stolen phone, but as you can see, they can be helpful in an emergency as well. Our prayers are with the families and victims.