Woman Hunting Pokémon Finds Dead Body Instead

The new Pokémon Go game has also caused numerous minor injuries
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2016 6:33 PM CDT
Woman Hunting Pokémon Finds Dead Body Instead
Pokemon Go is displayed on a cell phone in Los Angeles on Friday, the same day a player in Wyoming found a dead body instead of a Squirtle.   (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Nineteen-year-old Wyoming resident Shayla Wiggins was hunting monsters; she found a dead body instead. County 10 reports Wiggins was playing Pokémon Go, a cellphone game released this week that is already wildly popular, Friday morning near her home. Pokémon Go “tasks players with visiting real-world locations to discover and capture Pokémon," Polygon explains. "The Pokémon are all over Riverton," Wiggins tells County 10. "I was trying to get a Pokémon from a natural water resource." That led her to the Big Wind River, where she found a dead body floating in the river.

"I was pretty scared and cried for a while," she tells KTVQ. Wiggins called 911 and showed police where the body was. Authorities believe the man drowned and don't suspect foul play. Wiggins' mom tells Kotaku her daughter has recovered from her shock at finding the body. Pokémon Go has only been out for a few days, and already officials have warned people to avoid playing the game while driving or near police stations. According to the AP, players have reported walking into trees and falling off skateboards while trying to find the monsters. (More Pokemon stories.)

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