Abducted Indonesian boy uses Google Maps to track down his family

Indonesian boy who was abducted as a five-year-old is reunited with his family 11 years later after using Google Maps to track down market he suddenly remembered visiting as a child

  • Ervan Anjasworo, 17, from Indonesia was snatched by street performer aged five
  • The entertainer forced Ervan to perform with him on the streets for two years 
  • One day, the street performer was chased away by police and left the boy alone
  • Ervan ended up in an orphanage where he was able to use Google Maps to track down his old neighbourhood  

An Indonesian boy who was abducted when he was five years old has been reunited with his family after using Google Maps to find the market he remembered his grandmother taking him to as a child.  

Ervan Wahyu Anjasworo, 17, from the regency of Sragen in the Indonesian province of Central Java, was snatched by a street performer while walking home from a video game store when he was five years old.

The street performer told him that he would escort him home, but instead kidnapped the youngster and forced him to perform with him.

Seventeen-year-old Ervan Wahyu Anjasworo is flanked by his parents in this picture taken when they were reunited after 11 years apart in Sragen, Indonesia

Ervan was snatched from the streets by a street performer when he was just five years old, before being left alone and taken in by an orphanage 

After two years of living on the streets, the performer was chased away by police sirens one day and the young boy ended up in an orphanage.

While at the orphanage, the boy began to reminisce about his early memories with his family, especially the market his grandmother used to take him to.

He used Google Maps to search the area and soon came across the Gonggang traditional market he could remember from his early years.

Ervan’s father Suparno (pictured) said that he nearly gave up all hope of finding his son after being separated for 11 years 

Ervan gave the address to the social workers at the orphanage who contacted the market and found out information on the boy’s family.

He soon received photos of family members, who he recognised straight away, and Ervan was subsequently reunited with his family after 11 years.

His father Suparno admitted that he nearly gave up all hope of finding his son after 11 years, but still had hope he was alive and well.

He also thanked the people who had kept his son safe until he could be returned.

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