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Oklahoma farmer gets iPhone back from Japan after losing it in silo

Kevin Whitney dropped his phone into a bin that was full of 280,000 pounds of grain back in October.
By Evan Bleier   |   July 9, 2014 at 10:19 AM   |   Comments

CHICKASHA, Okla., July 9 (UPI) -- It took nine months, but an Oklahoma farmer who lost his iPhone in a silo containing 280,000 pounds of grain has been reunited with his favorite mobile device.

Kevin Whitney dropped his phone into the silo in Chickasha back in October and figured it was gone for good.

After taking trips down the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers, the 53-year-old's phone traveled to Japan where it eventually ended up with the Zen-Noh Grain Corporation.

Whitney, who though he had permanently lost photos from his daughter's wedding and family vacations which were stored on the phone, was shocked when he got a call from someone at Zen-Noh.

"He said, 'Is this Kevin Whitney?' I said, 'Yeah, this is Kevin.' He said, 'Did you lose your cellphone?' I said, 'Yeah, I lost my cellphone last fall,'" Whitney said, according to NBC News.

The phone was mailed back to Louisiana and then sent back to Oklahoma.

"It's crazy, I can't believe it. What really shocked me about it all was when I first got the phone call was what a small world it is. There are a lot of meaningful pictures on it, so we were real glad to get the phone back," Whitney said.

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