Teenage Girl Discovers Dead Body While Playing Pokémon Go

Shayla Wiggins, a 19-year-old from Wyoming, stumbled upon a dead body while playing “Pokémon Go.” The corpse was found floating on a river, County 10 reported.

The shocking encounter took place while Shayla was out for a morning walk, searching for Pokémons. Launched recently, “Pokémon Go” is an augmented reality game that allows players to catch Pokémons around or beyond their locations.

Instead of finding one on a “natural water resource,” Shayla ended up calling 911 after seeing a dead man few feet from the river’s shore. The body was partially-submerged. “I was crying and shaking really bad because it was a very scary situation,” she told BuzzFeed.

Shayla is better now, according to her mother Shawna, who confirmed the story to Kotaku. According to the outlet, Shayla was unable to capture the water Pokémon, “[The police] didn’t really know what [Pokémon Go] was. They’re were just like ‘okay.’”

Following observation, detectives suspected that the body had been there for less than 24 hours. It was dressed in black shirt and black pants.

Fremont Sheriff statement: The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an adult male who was…

Posted by KCWY News 13 on Friday, July 8, 2016

Investigation surrounding the case is underway, but the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office speculates, “The death appears to be accidental in nature and possibly that of a drowning. There is no evidence at this time that would indicate foul play. Evidence located at the scene has led investigators to believe the man went into the water at the location he was found.”

After the disturbing experience, Shayla “hasn’t gotten a chance to play much more” of the game, Kotaku noted. Further details are expected as soon as preliminary autopsy results are ready.

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