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'Find my iPhone' app leads search party to missing student in Georgia

A missing Georgia Institute of Technology student was found Monday in a railroad ditch after his friends used a phone app to track him down.

Georgia Tech Police Chief Robert Connolly said in a statement that James "Jimmy" Hubert, a senior majoring in aerospace engineering, was last seen at 11 p.m. Friday after attending a sorority semi-formal function near campus in Atlanta. His worried friends started searching for him over the weekend and started the Twitter hashtag #bringjimmyhome. Eventually they determined that his date had left her smartphone in his pocket, and used an app to trace the phone's location. They found Hubert in a ditch early Monday about 7 miles away from campus and a few blocks from a commuter rail station, friend Emma Jeffrey told WSB-TV.

Hubert was disoriented and bruised, Jeffrey said, and he told his friends he had been beaten up by a group of homeless men. Because of his injuries, investigators have not had the chance to interview him yet. Connolly praised the search party for "not giving up on their friend."