Friday, 7 December 2007

Google reveals 'dead' canoeist

More information has emerged on the fascinating story from the UK about the 'dead' canoeist - and it involves Google. John Darwin was reported missing 5 years ago and was presumed dead when his broken canoe washed ashore, although no body was found. This week he has now turned up at a police station claiming amnesia and has since been arrested for fraud.

Apparently the story has emerged that new evidence came to light when a curious/suspicious woman trawled Google to find out more about the man and came across a picture of Darwin and his wife in Panama taken a year ago. After much fruitless searching, she typed in 'John, Anne and Panama' (following some speculation about the country) and found an image of them on a property website in Panama. She then alerted the police and presumably Darwin decided to hand himself in once the truth was revealed.

This is another example of the power of Google! You might try to disappear 'off the grid' to claim your life insurance, but also you need to make sure that you don't have any reason to appear on the web, because Google will find you. Or at least, try changing your name - duh!


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