Pokémon GO player finds dead body in Wyoming river while looking for water Pokémon

“Since its launch on Android and iOS earlier this week, Pokémon GO has become a massive overnight sensation, encouraging players to venture outside and explore their surroundings to find and catch Pokémon in the real world,” Hyacinth Mascarenhas reports for International Business Times.

“As expected, the popular augmented reality game has spawned a litany of stories of players venturing into weird places, suffering injuries and more,” Mascarenhas reports. “One Pokémon Go player Shayla Wiggins, however, made a disturbing discovery while searching for a water Pokémon in Riverton, Wyoming, according to the news blog County 10.”

“The 19-year-old player said she was ‘trying to get a Pokémon from a natural water resource’ and jumped over a fence to make her way towards the Wind River to try and find and capture a Pokémon,” Mascarenhas reports. “‘I was walking towards the bridge along the shore when I saw something in the water,’ Shayla said. ‘I had to take a second look and I realised it was a body.'”

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

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Our condolences to family and friends of the accident victim.

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    1. Just like all the mindless drones that watch Fox News. When someone on Fox says the word “Benghazi” the viewers’ heads spin around on their shoulders, and they start foaming at the mouth.

      Google must do similar things and send subliminal signals through their phones. All the Android zombies must be told Apple sucks and Google is great on a daily basis, or else the spell breaks and users realize they are swiping crap in their hands.

  1. ‘The important question is did she find her pokemon?’ If this is real do you know how insulting that comment is to this persons family and friends? If this death is real, that implies people think that something besides a persons life is more important than a persons life, if not the potential numbers of people who could end up dying from this. Is anyone else upset by comments like that? I honestly hate how when there is a real death or injury involved people scoff and laugh about it, but if it’s fictional like LTS people freak out about it and waste energy worrying about fake things when it’s more logical to be worrying about things like this, things that are real…yet when things like this are real people don’t seem to take it seriously.

    I knew this would be an issue with games like these but we don’t think things through until something really bad happens and continues to happen, only then does it seem we change our thinking. We are not good at thinking about negative consequences before events like these happen. Shame, shame.

    1. I would not have made that post because it went farther than I am comfortable in a public setting. But it was gallows humor…morbid humor, and should be taken as such. It was not meant to be taken literally.

  2. Then THIS ALSO happened:

    Armed muggers use Pokémon Go to find victims
    Police warn that muggers can “add a beacon to a Pokéstop to lure more players.”

    …One major social aspect of the game—its “beacon” function—has already been taken advantage of in the city of O’Fallon, Missouri. That city’s police department made a statement on Sunday morning confirming that a group of four armed men had used the app to lure victims to a specific place, at which point they mugged the unknowing Pokémon Go players.

    The statement mentioned similar robberies taking place in neighboring St. Louis and St. Charles counties. A Gizmodo report received a statement from O’Fallon’s police department, stating that “about eight or nine people” were targeted by these muggings in all…. 👿

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