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People are sharing images of their dead loved ones captured by Google Maps

'There is my grandpa, just sitting there.'


Mikael Thalen


Posted on Jan 9, 2020   Updated on May 19, 2021, 6:25 pm CDT

A woman who found a photograph of her deceased relative on Google Maps has gone viral, leading countless others to share similar pictures of their deceased loved ones.

Twitter user @yajairalyb revealed on Wednesday that she discovered the image of her late grandfather after a Google Street View car captured images of his property in Mexico.

“My grandpa passed away a few years ago. We didn’t get to say goodbye to him,” yajairalyb wrote. “Yesterday we found out google maps finally drove through his farm and as we were curious going through it, where the road ends, there is my grandpa, just sitting there.”

The tweet immediately went viral, garnering more than 420,000 likes and 50,000 retweets at the time of publication.

But yajairalyb isn’t the only one who has seen a dead loved on Google Maps. Others on Twitter began responding with videos and photos that they too discovered while using Google’s service.

Twitter user @tilin98 stated that her late grandfather could also be found on Google Maps relaxing in the family’s backyard.

“Same thing with my abuelo we can see him just relaxing outside our house in Mexico,” she said. “Everytime [sic] I miss him especially during this time I always go back to it.”

It’s not just human companions who have been located on Google Maps. Twitter user @HoangryAF showed her deceased dog Lucky hanging out on a sidewalk.


“You can see my baby boy standing outside my house,” Twitter user @gelisev wrote, along with a photo of their dog.

Another user’s grandfather, who passed away only last month, was also immortalized by the route planning app.

One user’s dad, in typical dad fashion, was even seen waving at Google’s vehicle as it drove by.

Even more incredibly, the thread caused many users to seek out images of their own deceased relatives.

Because if [sic] this thread I found my dad… it’s been almost 4 years,” Twitter user @paulaesullivan wrote. “I never knew. Thank you.”

The thread was also filled with grandmothers, uncles, and cousins.

And the thread is still ongoing. Seemingly hundreds of users are adding photos and sharing stories of their own.


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*First Published: Jan 9, 2020, 3:06 pm CST