Dead Girl On Google Street View? No, Just A Game

Imagine clicking through your neighborhood’s Google Street View photos and finding this:


If you think you’re looking at the body of a dead girl, so did people who live on Middle Road in Worcester, England. But, as the Daily Mail reports, it’s just a ten-year-old named Azura Beebeejaun who happened to be “playing dead” with a friend when Google’s car drove down her street. Sure enough, if you pull back to the nearest street corner and zoom in a bit, you can see Azura sitting up on the sidewalk.


The pictures were taken last summer and published online in March. You can see them here on Google Maps.

In something of an understatement, a Google spokesperson tells the Daily Mail, “Sometimes … our cars inadvertently capture odd or inappropriate moments as they drive past.”

Street View previously captured UK attention when some users were alarmed by the sight of a naked child in Street View.

By the way, Azura tells the paper that she’s “quite chuffed” to be on the Internet and can’t wait to tell her friends when school starts. Her mom’s take on all this? “I just wish she was that quiet all the time.”

About The Author: is Editor-In-Chief of Search Engine Land. His news career includes time spent in TV, radio, and print journalism. His web career continues to include a small number of SEO and social media consulting clients, as well as regular speaking engagements at marketing events around the U.S. He recently launched a site dedicated to Google Glass called Glass Almanac and also blogs at Small Business Search Marketing. Matt can be found on Twitter at @MattMcGee and/or on Google Plus. You can read Matt's disclosures on his personal blog.

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