Chinese fugitive on run for 17 yrs found living in cave
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.