Woman refuses to return deceased teen's mobile phone to his family, despite their desperate requests

Woman refuses to return deceased teen's mobile phone to his family, despite their desperate requests
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Our faith in humanity seems to get tested all too often, just like this incident from China. 

CCTV footage has surfaced showing a teenage boy climbing over a bridge railing in Yichang, Hubei province, leaping off to his death, and leaving his phone behind on the sidewalk last Friday morning (July 7).

Shortly later, a middle aged Chinese woman appears in the video, quickly picking up the phone before strolling away from the scene.

The teenager's sister has since been desperately trying to contact the lady who picked up the phone, in a bid to gather more clues related to her brother's sudden suicide.

According to Red Star News, a local news site in China, the teenager's family last saw him on Friday morning as he left home for work. Throughout the day, family and friends sent him various texts, none of which he replied to, sparking off a sense of unease among his family.

By night, the family had gone into full panic mode calling the boy's phone non-stop. However, the phone had been turned off by then.

In a video interview, the teen's sister revealed that it was only two days later when her calls were picked up by a lady with a middle-aged voice. The sister then proceeded to ask where she had got the phone from, to which she frankly replied that she had picked it up along the Yangtze River Bridge.

When the sister tried explaining that the phone originally belonged to her brother, the phone call was abruptly disconnected.

The lady called back later shortly demanding money if they wanted to have the phone returned. The teen's family readily agreed to the request, stating that they were willing to pay any amount. However, the Chinese lady called them a third time later on, angrily stating that the whole process was too much of a hassle, telling the family to forget about the phone.

Remembering that the lady had mentioned picking up the phone along Yangtze River Bridge earlier, the deceased boy's family rushed down to the nearest police station to the bridge, where they were able to acquire CCTV footage of the incident.

That was the first time the family saw, and learned about the teenager's suicide.

Photo by Red Star News

Now the family are more desperate than ever to retrieve the lost phone. In the interview with Red Star News, the youth's sister lamented that if the lady had only answered the phone after picking it up, they might have been able to react in time to save her brother.

She also expressed her hope to find possible clues about her brother's death via the contents of his phone, stating that she would pay any amount of money to retrieve it.

Local police have expressed that they will do their best to help the family retrieve the phone, even though the middle-aged lady did not technically commit a crime by picking up the phone.

nicchew@sph.com.sg

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