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Police use iPad to find woman trapped overnight in ravine

A police officer used an iPad to track down a 28-year-old woman who was trapped overnight after her car rolled hundreds of feet down an embankment just east of San Jose, police said.

The woman’s stepmother reported her missing about 3 a.m. Tuesday after she never came home, Campbell Police Capt. Gary Berg said.

They tried reaching the woman through her cellphone provider and vehicle security OnStar -- which had issued a distress call -- but didn’t have much luck. Police said the OnStar gave the wrong address.

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Determined to find the woman, an officer obtained her iPad and was able to guess her password.

He used the device’s “Find my iPhone” app to pinpoint the woman’s location -- at the bottom of a ravine.

“I am amazed that occurred,” Berg said. “I hate to think what the outcome would have been.”

She was rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter Tuesday and taken to an hospital to be treated for injuries suffered during the accident.

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