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Oklahoma farmer loses iPhone in grain silo, returned nearly 8 months and trip to Japan later

This March, 2013 handout photo provided by Kevin Whitney shows Whitney with his daughter Katie at her wedding in College Station, Texas, in a photo from Whitney's cellphone. Kevin Whitney's iPhone containing this and other family photos, was lost in October, 2013 when it slipped out of his shirt pocket into a grain elevator and has been returned to him unscathed after it was found in Japan. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Kevin Whitney)

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This March, 2013 handout photo provided by Kevin Whitney shows Whitney with his daughter Katie at her wedding in College Station, Texas, in a photo from Whitney's cellphone. Kevin Whitney's iPhone containing this and other family photos, was lost in October, 2013 when it slipped out of his shirt pocket into a grain elevator and has been returned to him unscathed after it was found in Japan. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Kevin Whitney)

TULSA, Okla. - An Oklahoma farmer's iPhone that was lost when it fell into a grain elevator has been returned to him unscathed after it was found in Japan.

Kevin Whitney lost the phone in October when it slipped out of his shirt pocket as he was unloading grain from a truck into a silo in Chickasha.

The load travelled to a depot in Convent, Louisiana, and then loaded onto a ship bound for the island of Hokkaido, Japan.

A worker at the Japanese facility phoned a counterpart in Louisiana, who then called Whitney in late May asking if he lost an iPhone.

Whitney says he's glad to get the phone back because it had photos stored on it from his daughter's wedding and vacation, and he thought those were lost forever.

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