Chi­nese fugi­tive on run for 17 yrs found liv­ing in cave

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global - Colin Drury

Afugi­tive who has been on the run from po­lice in China for more than 17 years has been found liv­ing in a moun­tain cave.

Song Jiang es­caped from a prison camp in 2002 while serv­ing time for traf­fick­ing women and chil­dren. The 63year-old is said to have cut him­self off from so­ci­ety and made his home in the moun­tains of Yun­nan, his home prov­ince. He sur­vived by col­lect­ing river water in a plas­tic bot­tle and us­ing tree branches to make fires, state me­dia re­ports.

Pic­tures showed a rough camp bed made on rock at the back of the cave. Old smoke­black­ened pots ap­pear to have been used to cook meals on open fires. The man had been liv­ing with­out hu­man in­ter­ac­tion for so long that, when found, he strug­gled to com­mu­ni­cate with of­fi­cers.

His dis­cov­ery came af­ter au­thor­i­ties re­ceived a tip-off about his pos­si­ble lo­ca­tion ear­lier this month, Yong­shan po­lice said. The tip-off led them to the moun­tains but, af­ter reg­u­lar searches failed to find any ev­i­dence of Song’s where­abouts, po­lice sent up drones in a bid to trace him. The drones spot­ted traces of house­hold rub­bish in a re­mote area. Po­lice moved in on foot and found Song. He has been sent back to jail.

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