A young woman thought she was enjoying Friday morning playing Pokémon GO on her phone when she suddenly made a discovery: a dead body floating in a river. And this was all because was trying to find Pokémon.
Shayla Wiggins, 19, was busy playing with Pokémon GO on Friday, which is how she ended up making her way to Wind River at about 8:40 in the morning.
“The Pokemons are all over Riverton. I was trying to get a Pokémon from a natural water resource,” she explained. Determined, Wiggins decided to jump over the fence in search of a Pokémon. Instead, she ended up discovering a dead body floating near the shore.
“I had to take a second look and I realized it was a body,” Shayla explained. The deceased was described as an average size male wearing a black shirt and a pair or black pants. Upon seeing the body, Shayla told KTVQ that she called 911 immediately. When detectives arrived at the scene, they reportedly told Shayla that the body had only been in the river for less than 24 hours.
Pokémon GO is a new game that uses real locations in order “to encourage players to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokémon.” When you’re in the game, your phone vibrates to alert you that you’re near a Pokémon. To capture it, players “take aim on your smartphone’s touch screen and throw a Poké Ball to catch it.”
The game also offers some challenge, however, as the Pokémon might run away as a player tries to catch it. Pokémon GO can be played with both iPhone and Android devices.
As for Shayla’s grim discovery, authorities say an investigation is underway.