Cell phone found after 9 months in lake...and it still works! | Community Spirit
Just before Independence Day last year Kathy Smotherman of Paragould got a new iPhone 4S.
She decked it out in a Razorback cover then headed for Lake Wappapello in Southeast Missouri where she and her family celebrated the holiday on their pontoon boat.
Kathy used her new phone to take photos of the fun and good times.
But, when the day came to an end, those good times sank like a stone in the bottom of a lake.
The phone was missing.
During a phone conversation with Your Region 8, Kathy said they “tore that pontoon apart.”
In fact, they tore the boat apart “twice,” according to her husband Hugh.
But the search was futile.
The phone was gone for good.
Or so Kathy thought.
Two days ago she received a phone call from a Poplar Bluff man.
Because she didn’t recognize his number, she ignored the man’s first call.
When he called back, she answered and was asked “Did you lose an iPhone?”
The man, whose name Kathy said she couldn’t recall offhand, told her he had found the phone in knee-deep water near a tree.
Hugh told us in an email the man took the phone home and placed it on a windowsill for a week.
After the phone was dried out, the unnamed man then recharged it.
When he saw that the phone worked, Hugh says the man searched the log of received calls and found Kathy’s number.
The man asked Kathy if she would like to have it back.
Wednesday evening Kathy and Hugh rode their motorcycle up to Poplar Bluff where they met the gentleman and got the phone back.
The Smothermans were both amazed that the phone still worked after 9 months underwater.
They were also thrilled that someone would find and return it.
As Hugh asked, “What are the odds of this happening?”
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