A Wyoming teen, following instructions from her augmented-reality cell phone game, discovered a corpse in a river. KTVQ reports that 19-year-old Shayla Wiggins was playing the Pokémon Go game on her cell phone when it guided her into the alarming discovery. “It was pretty shocking. I really didn’t know what to do at first,” she told the station. “I was pretty scared and cried for a while,” she told County 10.
The actual purpose for the game is for users to find as many Pokémons as possible and “capture” them. You may remember the original version of the game from its popularity back in the nineties; CBS News says millions have downloaded the new release of the game since last Thursday. In this case, Wiggins said she was using her iPhone 6 and attempting to get a Pokémon from a natural water resource in the Riverton area.
As the teen was walking down the bank of Big Wind River, she said she didn’t notice the corpse at first because she spotted a deer. Wiggins said, of her discovery, “I saw something in the water. I had to take a second look and I realized it was a body,” KTVQ reports. Wiggins said she called 911, and investigators responded quickly.
Wiggins said the dead body was about three feet from the shore, and was possibly a male, wearing black pants and a black shirt. She said she realized it was a corpse after she saw the person’s behind and back.
The report said detectives told Wiggins the body may have been there for less than 24 hours, based on the condition. The cause and manner of death has not been determined. It’s unclear if anyone was reported missing from the area. Police are still investigating.
If finding a corpse isn’t enough for the release of one game in just a few days, cops in Missouri say it’s already been used for armed robberies in Missouri. According to USA Today, four teens, ranging in age from to 16 to 18, are facing charges after police there say they may have allegedly committed as many as 11 robberies. The report said the teens may have used the “lure” feature of the game to attract more Pokemons or people to isolated locations. A recent post by the O’Fallon Missouri Facebook page stated,“The way we believe it was used is you can add a beacon to a Pokéstop to lure more players. Apparently they were using the app to locate [people] standing around in the middle of a parking lot or whatever other location they were in.” Three adult suspects are charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. A handgun was also found in their possession.
Those three suspects have been identified as 17-year-old Brett Miller, 18-year-old Shane Michael Baker, and 18-year-old Jamine Warner. Their bond is set at $100,000. The fourth suspect, who is a juvenile, has been transferred to a juvenile justice center.
Police warn parents to monitor children and to use caution when using this geocaching app.
As for the Wyoming case, despite the gruesome body discovery, Wiggins told CNN Money she doesn’t plan to stop playing the game. In fact, she wants to keep exploring as much as Wyoming as possible before she heads off to college in Arizona this fall.
Main photo: KSDK