Pokémon GO player discovers dead body in a river while playing the game

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Pokémon GO is everywhere, stories of the weird and wild things that Pokémon GO has been taking players have been piling up since the game’s launch on Apple’s iOS-powered smartphones.

Reports of weird stories continue to grow along with a steady stream of bizarre news stories and personal anecdotes of near-death experiences. A good example was the recently reported news about the Australian police who issued a warning to users not to physically enter the police station when collecting items, and then the Washington Department of Transportation’s warning against “pokemoning” while driving. There’s also a report about one player losing his job for playing the game at work.

In addition to those weird stories, the Pokémon GO’s dedicated subreddit is also filling up with reports of personal injuries.

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The latest story today is about a teenage Pokémon GO player discovering a dead body floating in a river while playing the augmented reality game in her hometown in Wyoming.
Shayla Wiggins, a 19-year-old resident of Riverton, Wyoming, discovered a dead body floating in the Wind River around 8:40 a.m. in the morning while playing Pokémon GO. Wiggins quickly called the local police, which arrived on the scene to retrieve the dead body.

Shayla told the police that she discovered the dead body while playing the augmented reality game Pokémon GO on her cell phone. She also showed the local police the game on her cellphone which displayed a map of Riverton where these Pokemon are located.

“It was pretty shocking. I didn’t really know what to do at first. But I called 911 right away and they came really quickly.” Wiggins said in a statement, via the

According to, there still no evidence at this time that would indicate a foul play. The local sheriff’s office has identified the body as an adult male and also said that evidence located at the scene has led investigators to believe the man went into the water at the location he was found.

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The Police authority has already tried to advise Pokémon GO players about the dangers of keeping their entire focus on the game, especially when going through unfamiliar areas. The goal was to prevent Pokémon GO players from going to dangerous places and prevent an accident.

Developed by Niantic, Pokémon GO is an augmented-reality game for iOS and Android devices that allows players to capture, battle, train, and trade virtual Pokémon who appear throughout the real world. It uses a Bluetooth connection to notify users when a Pokémon is nearby with an LED and a light vibration and is sold separately from the app. Pokemon GO is currently available on iOS and Android devices in selected regions.

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