Phone Found in Rock Creek Park field at 23rd and O St, NW

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“I’m hoping you can help me identify the owner of a phone I found this morning. It was in the Rock Creek Park field at 23rd and O St NW. It is locked, so I can’t get any clues from the phone itself. If someone wants to claim it, they can email me at [email protected]

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  • If it’s an iPhone, try clicking on “Emergency” from the unlock screen, then “* Medical ID” when it brings up the dialer screen. If the owner has set one up, it should have contact numbers. I think Android has an equivalent but I’m not sure of the sequence.

    • Agreed. Call yourself from the phone so you can get the number. then call and leave a message. i did this once after finding a phone in a cab in NYC. the dude was a little hesitant to come pick up his phone, but was also extremely grateful

    • ah

      If they’ve done this, then presumably they have activated find my iPhone and put contact information on.

      More likely the person either didn’t do this or it’s not an iPhone.

  • Also, if it’s an iPhone, you can invoke Siri to ask “Who does this phone belong to?” That should pull up the owner’s contact info.

    As an iPhone owner, be mindful of what you put into that contact card because if you lose the phone, that info can be visible to good and bad actors. Double-edged sword.

  • Commendable action. Glad to know that I’m not the only one who tries to return lost stuff.

    Here’s a couple of things you might try:
    1. Hold the home button and get Siri, make a logical request like “call home” or “call mom” “call work phone” etc. If the owner doesn’t disable this function you can call right through the pass code.
    2. You can call (or email) the major carriers, with the 15 digit code on the back they may be able to find the owner.
    3. Leave it on and charged, if the owner has the “find my iphone” they may find you.
    4. If you know the carrier, a cool store employee might be willing to pull the sim card (newer phones) and put it into a phone. The lost phone is locked, but not the sim card. You might get info from there.

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