UPDATE, 2 p.m.:
Seeking to “exhaust every possible avenue in pursuit of finding out what happened to him,” the mother of Perry Cohen wants other experts to examine the iPhone Apple technicians have been unable to gain information about the disappearance of her son and Austin Stephanos.
Apple announced Tuesday said they were unable to retrieve any information from the iPhone that was found aboard the 19-foot boat that was found capsized about 100 miles off Bermuda on March 18.
Statement from Pamela J. Cohen:
“We learned yesterday that Apple went as far as they could to try to get Austin’s iPhone working, which, as Apple advised, was the first step in the process of retrieving information that might help us understand what happened to the boys. Apple also made it clear that getting the iPhone to power up was its only commitment to Blu Stephanos, which differs from what we heard from his attorney in court. For the generous efforts by Apple’s engineers, who we understand worked tirelessly to try to help us, we are so very grateful.
As I’ve said before, I owe it to Perry to exhaust every possible avenue in pursuit of finding out what happened to him. According to Apple, there are other experts in the field who may be able to pick up where Apple left off, to continue the work. Apple has offered to securely hand the iPhone off to an expert in this technology if the families can agree on such an expert. We look forward to working cooperatively with Austin’s family toward this transition. We are not giving up on the iPhone’s potential for evidence until all viable efforts have been exhausted”.
Restoration of Austin Stephanos’ iPhone by Apple technicians has been unsuccessful, and no information was retrieved from the device found on the boat that Stephanos and Perry Cohen took from the Jupiter Inlet on July 24, according to a Facebook post by Blu Stephanos, Austin’s father.
“But the fact that it can no longer function as a phone doesn’t diminish its value as a cherished memory of my beloved son. It’s a small piece of him; something he used to call me at night when he needed to talk to someone, something he put his stickers on and carried with him every day. As any parent would understand, to me, it’s not a broken phone, but a memory of my son that I will hold close to my heart and treasure for the rest of my life,” according to the post.
A judge ruled that the phone belonging to Austin Stephanos be sent to Apple headquarters for forensic analysis and that the findings be shared with Pamela Cohen, Perry’s mother and Philip’s ex-wife.
Stay with the Palm Beach Post for more developments in this story.
Here is the full text from the post from Blu Stephanos:
“On Tuesday evening I was notified by my attorney, Michael Pike, that he had a conference call with the team leader at Apple, Inc. who informed him that, unfortunately, Austin’s iPhone could not be restored to working order. They also told him that the phone is currently in several pieces, since testing required them to disassemble it in order to run the diagnostics, clean and restore components and perform a chemical workup.
Although they were unable to restore the phone to a functional state, I want to thank Apple, Inc. for their hard work and generous assistance. If the FBI turned to Apple when they needed help, I see no reason to doubt that every possible means was employed to get Austin’s phone working again. It’s our understanding that Apple had a team assigned to the iPhone around the clock, and for that we are truly grateful.
Needless to say, we were disappointed, having hoped to get some information or maybe just some final memories from Austin’s phone. But the fact that it can no longer function as a phone doesn’t diminish its value as a cherished memory of my beloved son. It’s a small piece of him; something he used to call me at night when he needed to talk to someone, something he put his stickers on and carried with him every day. As any parent would understand, to me, it’s not a broken phone, but a memory of my son that I will hold close to my heart and treasure for the rest of my life.
Thank you all for supporting us through this very difficult time. I hope now that we will be granted the courtesy to grieve in private.”