Oklahoma farmer receives lost iPhone from Japan 9 months later

CHICKASHA, Okla. - An Oklahoma farmer who lost his smart phone nine months ago recently had it returned to him from halfway around the world.

Kevin Whitney said he lost his iPhone last October when it fell into a bin full of 280,000 pounds of grain. From Chickasha, Okla., it was driven by truck to another grain facility in in Inola, Okla. Then it traveled from along the Arkansas River. From there, it sailed down the Mississippi River by barge to Convent, La. From there the iPhone made its way to Kashima, Japan, by ship.

It was mixed in with 2 million bushels of grain sorghum. But then just days ago, Whitney got a call.

“He said, ‘Is this Kevin Whitney?’ I said, ‘Yeah, this is Kevin.’ He said, ‘Did you lose your cell phone?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I lost my cell phone last fall,’” Whitney said.

A worker at a grain mill in Japan mailed the phone back to Louisiana, and from there it was sent back to Whitney in Chickasha.

"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.