Pokemon Go Leads Teen To Dead Body In River

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Shayla WigginsShayla Wiggins

The game Pokémon Go reportedly led a Riverton, Wyoming, teenager to a river where a dead body was floating.

On July 8, 19-year-old Shayla Wiggins was playing Pokémon Go, an augmented reality game that motivates the user to collect as many Pokémon as possible, on her cellphone, County 10 reports.

“The Pokémon are all over Riverton,” she said.

Wiggins was attempting to acquire a Pokémon from a water source when she discovered a man’s dead body floating in the Wind River.

“I was walking towards the bridge along the shore when I saw something in the water,” she said. “I had to take a second look and I realized it was a body.”

The man’s body was floating about three feet from the shore and only his back and butt were not submerged in the water, according to Wiggins.

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

The incident left Wiggins shaken up.

“I was pretty scared and cried for a while,” she said.

Detectives believe the body had been there for less than 24 hours. Authorities do not suspect foul play in connection with the man’s death.

“The death appears to be accidental in nature and possibly that of a drowning,” the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “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.”

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and the Riverton Police Department are investigating the man's death.

The man has not yet been identified by the Fremont County Coroner’s Office, who will perform an autopsy to determine cause of death.

Sources: County 10 (2) / Photo Credit: County 10

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