A Marine widow has had her stolen iPhone returned to her after revealing that it contained the text message and photos from her late husband, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Nepal.
“This is probably the happiest I’ve been in the last three months,” said Haley Johnson after she recovered the handset.
Johnson’s husband, Sgt. Mark Johnson, died alongside five other Marines during an aid mission following the Nepal earthquake in May 2015. His widow says that she and her young son had gotten used to viewing the videos and photos on the iPhone, only for it to be stolen out of her shopping car last weekend.
After her story was aired on local news, a man walked into the store in question and handed over the iPhone, saying that he had found it discarded in nearby bushes.
“I’m happy for my kids, that they have this [iPhone] so I can show them, when they grow up … what kind of man [their father] was,” said Johnson.
While it’s still a tragedy that Haley Johnson lost her husband, it’s great to hear such a positive follow-up to the initial story. It’s also a timely reminder of just how much sentimental material we store on our iPhones these days.
Fortunately Apple has taken steps to ensure a crackdown in iPhone thefts, most notably with its Activation Lock feature.