App reveals man who has teenager’s missing smartphone

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DENVER -- Thanks to an app, a woman and her son have a photo of the man who has their missing cell phone.

They just don’t know who he is.

Heidi Whitehead said her son lost the phone last week.  An app, called CM Locker, is installed on his Android. The CM Locker app snaps a photo from the front-facing camera when the incorrect password is used in an attempt to access the phone.

The app then emails the photo to the cell phone's rightful owner.

So far, Whitehead and her son have received two emails with photos of a man who appears to have found the phone.

“Hopefully, he’s trying to figure out how to get it back to its rightful owner. He probably has no idea it belongs to a teenager,” she said.

Whitehead posted the photos on Facebook. Her post has been shared more than 300 times. She is asking the community to help her identify the man to get her son’s phone back, no questions asked.

“My initial hope was that somebody would just recognize him and say 'oh hey I know that guy, he lives down the street' or 'I work with him or whatever',” Whitehead said.

Whitehead said they have called the phone several times but no one answers.

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