Constable Ed Rogerson of the Harrogate, England, police said the item was turned in to the police department early this year and went unclaimed for several months, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday.
He said an image of a flight ticket and several photos of a woman believed to be the owner were accessible without logging into the iPad. So he posted one of the pictures on Twitter, where it was retweeted more than 2,000 times, and discovered an inactive account with the same name as the one printed on the ticket.
Rogerson said he was able to get in touch with a follower of the owner, identified as Jukjik, and that led to direct contact with the woman.
"When I started to try and locate the owner of the iPad I had no idea that she'd be in Thailand, but thanks to the power of social media I was able to identify her, make contact with her and arrange to get the property returned," Rogerson said. "The response from the online community was amazing. Thank you to everybody on Twitter who assisted by re-tweeting and giving me tips on how to locate her."
Jukjik said she lost the iPad while vacationing in England and was excited to be able to get the photographs stored on the device.
"I was very, very pleased and very happy when I heard that my iPad had been found. I can't believe you managed to track me down just through Twitter," she said.