A Wisconsin teenager had the misfortune of accidentally discovering a dead body in her local river early Friday morning.
Shayla Wiggins woke up as usual, got on her phone, and began playing the new game, Pokémon Go, a virtual reality game in which the aim is to capture as many Pokémon as possible. The mobile phone game encourages players to get out into the real world while they hunt for Pokémon.
Unsettling as it may be, while Wiggins was walking towards the Wind River in Riverton, Wisconsin, around 8:30 in the morning, her Pokémon game led her to discover a floating body.
She explained to County 10, “The Pokémons are all over Riverton. I was trying to get a Pokémon from a natural water resource.” She continued, “I was walking towards the bridge along the shore when I saw something in the water. I had to take a second look and I realized it was a body.”
Admitting her shock at finding a dead man’s body, Wiggins said she immediately called 911. Police later determined that the man probably died of an accidental drowning.
Little did the teen realize that she would be the hero for a family who was worried about the absence of their loved one. Detectives said that the body had been in the river for less than 24 hours, which means that he likely had been missing all night.