Missing Georgia Tech student found alive thanks to phone tracking app

USA (Next Media) – A Georgia Tech student who had been missing for two days was found alive on Monday on railroad tracks in downtown Atlanta.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that James Huber was last seen at about 11 p.m. on Friday at a sorority party at The Foundry at Puritan Mill in Atlanta.

According to mobile phones records, two hours later he was probably in the area of DeKalb Avenue, about seven miles from the party.

Georgia Tech police Chief Robert Connolly told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that students combed the area and distributed pamphlets to find Huber.

Because his date had left her phone in his jacket at the party, they also used the Find My iPhone app to try to track him down. On Monday morning, searchers found him lying face down without his shoes on along the railroad near DeKalb. His wallet and phone were also missing. He had been beaten and was unconscious, but alive.

It is unclear what happened to Huber that night. Local NBC affiliate WXIA-TV reports that he has said variously that he was attacked by a homeless man, beat up by a group of people, and hit by a train.

In a post on Facebook, his mother said he was not drunk and had not taken drugs. He took the train and when he got off he was beaten and left for dead along the railroad.

In the post, she added that he suffered a broken vertebrae, broken ribs, punctured lung, bleeding in his brain and paralysis on the left side of his body.

Huber is not yet coherent enough to be interviewed by investigators. Atlanta police are now waiting for him recover to the point where he can answer questions about what happened the night of his disappearance.