Fugitive found in cave after 17 years
An escaped prisoner who had been on the run for 17 years has been arrested in China after a drone spotted him living in a secret cave.
Song Jiang, 63, escaped from a prison camp in 2002 after being jailed for trafficking women and children.
Police spent years searching for the fugitive, but were unable to find him until a drone discovered clues in the mountains behind his hometown in the country's Yunnan province.
The key giveaway was a blue piece of steel peeking out from the leafy forest, police said.
Upon closer inspection, police found the steel was covering a cave surrounded by bits of human garbage. Officers then hiked for more than an hour through the dense vegetation and found Song hiding inside.
Song was grey-haired, dishevelled, and unable to communicate after years of isolation when officers found him, according to Yongshan police.
His cave was about two square metres wide, with steps out the front and a makeshift bed inside.
Song told police he had survived by collecting water in plastic bottles from a nearby stream.
He then confessed to escaping from prison and was taken back to jail.