Pokémon Go Game Player Doesn’t Catch ’em All, But She Does Find a Dead Body

Pokémon Go Game Player Doesn’t Catch ’em All, But She Does Find a Dead Body

While Pokémon Go has players exploring their real-life world to discover new Pokémon, 19-year-old Wyoming resident Shayla Wiggins found something that no other player has discovered… A dead body.

Pokémon Go Game Player Doesn't Catch 'em All, But Does Find a Dead Body
What the game screen looks like when you don’t find a dead body.


Like so many others, Wiggins was eager to play this version of the blockbuster 1990s Game Boy video game. “Since it’s virtual reality, I thought: that’s cool,” she said.

Pokemon Go uses augmented reality — tapping your phone’s camera to superimpose cute, virtual creatures in the real world. It was released on Thursday and has already been downloaded more than a million times on Android and Apple devices.

Wiggins had been playing since Thursday night, snagging 50 of the virtual beings as she walked around her neighborhood. On Friday morning she decided to grab her iPhone 6 and take a walk down by the river behind her Riverton home, to see if she could catch a water Pokémon.

Wiggins was staring at her phone as she passed beneath the Wyoming Highway 789 Bridge. So, she didn’t immediately notice the man’s body lying face down in the water.

“I guess I was only paying attention to my phone and where I was walking,” she said.
When she finally noticed the corpse, Wiggins called the police and led them to the scene.

While the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the man’s death, investigators believe the man’s drowning in three feet of water was accidental. Police have yet to publicly identify the body.

As could be expected, Shayla was “pretty scared and shaken” after discovering the body. “I probably would have never went down there if it weren’t for this game,” Shayla Wiggins admitted. “But in a way, I’m thankful. I feel like I helped find his body. He could have been there for days.”