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AirTag provides clues as woman finally reunites with missing 12-year-old sister

Brooklyn preteen Found safely A few days after she ran away, thanks in part to an Apple AirTag attached to her keys.

On the afternoon of April 9, Eliana Peroso monitored the air tag on her sister Victorious “Tori” Peroso’s keychain. According to AirTag activity, 12-year-old Tori graduated from Global Education Baccalaureate School in Queens at the right time and took the correct subway back to her home in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn.

However, Tori’s legal guardian, Eliana, begins to worry when an air tag shows Tori caught off guard and starting to go in the wrong direction. “When she got to the city, instead of her air tag going down towards Brooklyn, she was going up towards the Bronx,” Eliana previously stated. “That’s when I realized she was going somewhere she wasn’t supposed to go at least.”

Eliana then reported Tori missing to a friend, and the two women began tracking her movements as indicated by the air tag. The last location the AirTag communicated with was an apartment near St. Ann’s Avenue and 134th Street in the Bronx, about 25 miles north of Eliana and Tori’s neighborhood. Unfortunately, the ping came to a dead end when a man who lived in the apartment found the AirTag on the street and took it home. He claimed to have never seen Tori.

Eliana, her friend, and nearly 30 others searched for days. Since Tori’s mother is chronically absent, Eliana becomes Tori’s legal guardian. According to Eliana, her mother has not contacted her daughters for at least two months.

The night before Tori went missing, Eliana caught Tori texting an older boy and replaced the girl’s smartphone with a flip phone, a punishment that seemed to anger Tori. Tori remains missing, but she never answers the phone.

“I think she’s a 12-year-old who has overcome a lot of loss,” Eliana explained to reporters at the time. “And there are so many supports and mental health services and people who love and support her. But in her 12-year-old heart, I felt that wasn’t the case. So she ran away. .”

Fortunately, tenacious detective NYPD spotted Tori on surveillance footage from an East Village subway station. The timestamp on the surveillance footage showing Tori was around 5:45 a.m. Thursday, but police saw Tori in the footage sometime Friday.

It is unclear when officers finally found the girl, but she was reunited with Eliana on Sunday, five days after she first ran away.

The New York Post reached out to Eliana for comment after Tori was found, but did not receive a response.

“She’s a really great girl,” Eliana previously said.

“I don’t want this moment to be a defining moment in her life.”

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