Teen Discovers Dead Body While Playing Interactive New Pokémon Game

Kristen Stegemoeller

A new augmented-reality mobile game, Pokémon Go, was released earlier this week, and between bouts of despair, anger, and fear for the future, everybody lost their damn minds over catching these damn Pokémon. In short, the game uses smartphone cameras to send players on quests through their actual homes, neighborhoods and to strange local landmarks to...catch imaginary Nintendo monsters.

Sometimes your nearest monster is right in your living room, trying to turn up...

But if you really gotta catch 'em all, the game will make you hunt those Pokémon down in the streets.

The ultimate goal is to gather enough fightin' invisible monsters to take over local landmarks or "gyms" in Poké parlance. It's sort of like Foursquare, except for a slightly different demo...

Yesterday morning, 19-year old Riverton, Wyoming resident Shayla Wiggins was playing the game, and wanted to track down some exclusive Pokémon from her local "natural water source" (trust me, this sentence makes sense). When she hopped the fence to walk along the Wind river, iPhone in hand, she found... not a Pokémon. "I walked towards the bridge along the shore when I saw something in the water," Shayla explained to KTVQ news, "I had to take a second look before I realized it was a body." Shayla said the body was floating about three feet away from the shore, and looked to be an average-sized male. She contacted police immediately, and they determined that the body had been there for less than 24-hours. The body has yet to be identified, but I think we can all agree that Shayla's Pokémon Go experience would make an excellent basis for a Stand By Me reboot.

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