Man on run for 17 years found living in remote cave in mountains

Song Jiang had been hiding alone in wild since breaking out of prison in 2002 – but was finally discovered by police drone

Colin Drury
Monday 30 September 2019 19:10
Comments
Man on run for 17 years found living in remote cave in mountains

A fugitive who has been on the run from police in China for more than 17 years has been found living in a remote mountain cave.

Song Jiang escaped from a prison camp in 2002 while serving time for trafficking women and children.

The 63-year-old is said to have cut himself off from society and made his home in the mountainous wilds of Yunnan, his home province.

He survived by collecting river water in a plastic bottle and using tree branches to make fires, state media reports.

Pictures showed a rough camp bed made on rock at the back of the cave. Old smoke-blackened pots appear to have been used to cook meals on open fires.

The runaway had been living without human interaction for so long that, when found, he struggled to communicate with officers.

But his discovery finally came after authorities received a tip-off about his possible location earlier this month, Yongshan Police revealed on their WeChat account.

The tip-off led them to the mountains but, after regular searches failed to find any evidence of Song’s whereabouts, police sent up drones in a bid to trace him from the air.

The drones eventually spotted a steel tile and traces of household rubbish in a remote location.

Police then moved in on foot and found Song in the cave where he had been hiding for years.

Support free-thinking journalism and attend Independent events

He has now been sent back to jail.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in