Lifestyle & Human Interest

Frantic Mom Uses Tracking App To Hunt for Missing Teen, Finds Her Pinned Under Car 7 Hours Later


For seven hours, 17-year-old Macy Smith from Mount Airy, North Carolina, was trapped under her car.

Macy was badly hurt, her neck fractured and her arm pinned between the ground and her car, which had flipped three times before landing in a ditch.

She searched as best she could for her phone, but could not find it.

Powerless to tell anyone that she was trapped, all Macy could do was wait and hold out hope that someone might come looking for her.

Meanwhile, Catrina Alexander, Macy’s mother, was concerned. Macy had missed her curfew and did not respond to texts or calls from her family members.

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“The lack of response was out of character for her,” Alexander told WFMY-TV.

Alexander turned to a location-sharing app that she and Macy had installed on their phones called Find My Friends.

The app worked, and as Alexander drove closer and closer to Macy’s GPS location, she realized why her daughter had not come home.

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“I can’t explain watching the GPS on my phone with my dot for my phone getting close to hers and then suddenly seeing the tire tracks,” Alexander said.

There was Macy’s car, crushed after rolling down a 25-foot embankment in Pilot Mountain, North Carolina.

Emergency response teams rescued Macy from the wreckage and took her to the hospital, where she had surgery on her damaged arm.

On Facebook, Macy described her terrifying ordeal and said that in the midst of her fear, she turned to prayer.

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“I searched for my phone to call for help but the only thing in sight was my bible. I held on to my bible and prayed harder than I had ever prayed before,” Macy wrote. “I do not deserve to be here right now, but God has bigger plans for me.”

“I will never forget the sound of my family calling out my name when they found me,” the teenager wrote.

Now, Macy and her mother are encouraging parents and teens to place a location-sharing app on their phones.

“PLEASE consider getting Life 360 or Find Friends as it could save your child’s life like it did mine,” Macy wrote on Twitter.

“I promise that’s it’s worth it,” she said, adding that if you had lived through her predicament “you would think so too.”

Macy has additional surgeries and faces physical therapy, but is thankful to be alive.

“It’s just truly a miracle and I give it all to God,” she said.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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