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Chinese fugitive found living in cave after 17 years on the lam

2019-10-01

Chinese police arrested a fugitive who had been on the run after escaping a prison camp — finding his cave hideout using drones.

Song Jiang was in that prison camp for trafficking women and children but managed to escape in 2002. He’d been holed up in a cave for years without any human interaction, police said.

The police received clues about Song’s whereabouts in early September, which led them to the mountains behind his hometown in Yunnan province in southwest China.

After initial searches were unsuccessful, authorities began searching the area with drones where they found a steel tile on a cliff and various rubbish, like water bottles and plastic bags, nearby.

Song was found inside a small cave (about 21 square feet) and reportedly had difficulty communicating after so long in isolation.

He was reportedly sent back to prison.