Mystery of the dead body on Google Street View is solved

Worried residents in an English town contacted Google when an image of a street in the town showed what looked like a body.

The body was that of a young girl lying on the pavement, with her shoe in the gutter.

Now the mystery has been solved. The girl lying "dead" in the street in Worcester is very much alive.

Azura Beebeejaun, 10, has come forward to say that she is the girl lying in the street. She said she was playing with her friend when she tripped over and fell and then played dead. She said she had no idea that the Google Street View car was even there.

A body on Google Street View? Don't worry it's just me playing dead, says girl, ten

By Andy Dolan
13th August 2010
Daily Mail

It is a suburban scene much like millions of others on Google's Street View site... apart from one chilling addition.

Lying face down on the pavement, her shoe inches away in the gutter, is the body of a young girl.

Anxious residents browsing their on-screen neighbourhood contacted Google about the image fearing they had chanced on a murder scene.

The the truth emerged. The 'body' belonged to ten-year-old Azura Beebeejaun who has revealed she was 'playing dead' as a prank outside her home in Middle Road, Worcester.

Captured on camera: The girl was playing with a friend when a Google Street View car captured her lying face down on a quiet residential street in Worcester

I'm alive! Azura Beebeejaun outside her home where she was photographed lying in the road by Street View

Her innocent game just happened to coincide with the arrival of a Google Street View car to record the images of the road.

Azura said: ‘I didn’t know anything about the Google Street View car (recording me). I fell over while I was playing with my friend and thought it would be funny to play dead.

‘I’m quite chuffed I’m on the internet. It is quite funny and I can’t wait to tell my classmates when I go back to school.’

Her mother, Saira, 43, said she was amused the image had caused such a fuss among her neighbours.

The picture was taken last summer and published online in March as part of the Street View’s effort to photograph every street in country using cars fitted with roof mounted panoramic cameras.

Shock: Residents who saw the images feared that the girl had been killed

Prank: Azura said she was 'chuffed' to be on the internet

The service offers 360-degree views of streets, allowing users to take a virtual tour of a neighbourhood.

Mrs Beebeejaun, a youth worker, said: ‘I understand how some people might have thought the picture looked like a dead body - I just wish she was that quiet all the time.

‘A couple of people on the road have mentioned to me a few weeks ago that they had seen a picture of a girl lying on the floor on our street.

‘I assumed it was my daughter because she is always playing around on the pavement outside.

‘But I never really thought one picture would cause such a commotion.’

A spokesman for Google said the firm cannot comment on individual images but explained how people can remove pictures which they are not happy with.

She said: ‘The imagery in Street View represents a snapshot in time of Britain’s streets and is no different to what anyone might expect to see for themselves around the country.

Playing dead: Residents were concerned that Google had captured a corpse in its Street View image

‘Sometimes that means our cars inadvertently capture odd or inappropriate moments as they drive past.

‘This is why we have put in place tools so that if people see what they believe to be inappropriate, they can report them to us using the simple reporting tool and the images will be quickly removed or further blurring applied.’

Last year Google was forced to remove hundreds of photographs from Street View after British users complained about invasion of privacy. In one village, Broughton in Buckinghamshire, villagers formed a human shield to prevent a Street View car mapping their streets and filming their houses amid fears the service could be used as an aide by burglars.

The service is also under investigation in Australia, South Korea, France, Germany, Canada and America after Street View cars collected private data sent from the unprotected home wi-fi connections.

It emerged as a result of the German inquiry that Street View’s specially adapted cars have also mapped wireless internet connections in homes around the world to help it sell adverts, using the signals which spill from inside homes on to the street.

The information lets Google send mobile phone users adverts for nearby restaurants, shops and other services through its Google Maps application, collecting a fee every time a user clicks on an advert.

Last week Portugal banned Google from taking more Street View photos, saying the search engine giant failed to guarantee faces and number plates would not appear on the site. Greece has also previously outlawed the service over similar concerns.
Wow, again, I'm amazed by the lack of quality journalism in the UK...

In picture one, you can clearly see the girls foot is behind the pink shoe. In picture four, it's on top of the pink shoe, and again in picture 5, you can see that her foot was actually in motion, as the picture was taken.

Anyone that thought this was actually a dead person, is a moron.

It's like deja vu all over again...
Any and every post by Blackleaf is deja vu all over again.

She/he can't seem to realize that there is more to the world than Britain.

If it was not the laugh I get from her/his total predictability, I would put her/him on ignore.
Ron in Regina
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I enjoy the interesting perspective that Blackleaf brings to this Forum, from the
outside of North America looking in...or not looking in at all at times, as this is
a big world.

The whole Google Street View is pretty cool, but very invasive. Where I live,
not only did they do the streets, but many of the alleys too, and with the height
of the cameras, they filmed over the tops of all the privacy fences too.

A thief, if so inclined, could "shop" for a new BBQ & Lawnmower & bicycle,
etc...from his own home, up & down all the alleys, and then head out with a list
of items matched to addresses.

Oh look, a "Coke" Machine and an aluminum ladder. What's aluminum forth
now for scrap anyway? Enough there for a couple of "Big Bear's" I'm sure....

P.S. as an aside...these are the "Big Bear's" I reffer to above:


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