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The tablet was handed into Harrogate Police earlier this year but despite several months going by nobody came forward to claim it.
Undeterred, Pc Ed Rogerson, decided to test his detective skill and use social networking to try to track down the owner.
Using photographs that were accessible without logging on to the device, Pc Rogerson found an image of a flight ticket and several photographs of a woman he believed was the owner.
He tweeted photograph and appeal, which in turn was re-tweeted more than 2,000 times around the world.
He also used Twitter’s search facility to trace the name printed on the ticket, which led to an inactive account in the owner’s name.
Pc Rogerson then contacted one of her followers and was eventually able to make direct contact with the owner Jukjik – who had returned to her home in Thailand.
The police officer explained: “When I started to try and locate the owner of the iPad I had no idea that she'd be in Thailand, but thanks to the power of social media I was able to identify her, make contact with her and arrange to get the property returned.
"The response from the online community was amazing. Thank you to everybody on Twitter who assisted by re-tweeting and giving me tips on how to locate her."
Jukjik, who lives in the Nakhon Ratchasima province of Thailand, but had been on holiday in England, was delighted to get her iPad back and particularly the photographs stored on the device.
She said: “I was very, very pleased and very happy when I heard that my iPad had been found. I can’t believe you managed to track me down just through Twitter.
“Now I can see all the photos I took when I was in England and have a nice reminder of my holiday. A big thank you to PC Rogerson and North Yorkshire Police.”