A Swiss student who had his smart phone stolen has promised the young woman who ended up with the device that she can keep it – if she agrees to meet him.

If this was 20 years ago, we could totally see Tom Hanks playing the man and Meg Ryan playing the flustered love interest.

Niklaus Knecht, 24, realised his phone had ended up in the hands of a pretty girl living in Morocco after she started using it as a camera, unaware that the phones picture upload function was still switched on.


The telephone was stolen in April of this year when he was on a train heading to Zurich in Switzerland and had dozed off – waking up to find that someone had sliced open his jacket pocket and stolen his mobile telephone.

He purchased a new one and forgot about the old one expecting to never see it again until suddenly pictures of the young girl and snaps taken from her life started turning up in his dropbox.

Some of the pictures are relatively mundane – a snap for example of her student study plan – but others show family members possibly hope grandfather and grandmother in traditional clothing or nieces and nephews. But many more show the girl herself sometimes lying on the bed, other times showing off new clothes such as a new dress or posing by romantic backdrops such as a waterfall or in a park.

In another picture she has a cuddly teddy with the words: "I love you", and others are simply snaps from everyday life smoking a cigarette on the beach or cooking some of her favourite dishes.

He said: "She obviously doesn't realise that all the pictures she is taking a rending up in my dropbox and it's a pretty good general view of an everyday life in Morocco.

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He added: "I am really keen to find out who she is and more about her. I'd like to meet her and am prepared to travel to Morocco to see her. I think it would be interesting to find out how she ended up getting the phone, although I'm sure she had nothing to do with the original theft – I guess she simply purchased it from whoever did steal it."


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He has now set up a Facebook site together with his Australian friend Alex Moshovelis in the hope that the girl will get in touch and they have uploaded some of her snaps.

He added: "I can see that some 13,000 people in Morocco have looked at the Facebook page so I'm fairly confident that somebody will be able to identify her or one of the people from the hundreds of snaps she's uploaded on the phone. It would be great to meet her and of course she's welcome to keep the phone. I am just keen to find out a little bit more about how she got the phone and I think it would be an interesting project as part of my schoolwork."