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Pokémon GO player finds dead body while hunting for water-types

Young Pokémon Go player finds a dead body in the river near her home in Wyoming, after being instructed by the game to find aPokémon in a water source.

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Things have started getting pretty real, pretty quickly, in the augmented reality world of Pokémon GO.

First, we saw an Australian police station who had something of an Assault on Precinct 13 issue, with – presumably large, since they felt a need to issue a statement – numbers of budding Pokémon Go trainers coming inside the station, the location of a Pokéstop.

Now things have a touch of the Stephen King about them as a young Pokémon Go player finds a dead body in the river near her home in Wyoming, after being instructed by the game to find a Pokémon in a water source.

“I was walking towards the bridge along the shore when I saw something in the water,” Shayla Wiggins told County 10 news.

“I had to take a second look and I realised it was a body… it was pretty shocking; I didn’t really know what to do at first. But I called 911 right away and they came really quickly.”

The local police department don’t believe there has been any foul play, and he body is as a result of accidental drowning. Let’s hope they weren’t also searching for water-types on Pokémon Go when the incident occurred; it’s probably only a matter of time before we see a news story about someone stepping in front of a bus or off a cliff while glued to their AR Pokédex.

Tom is an itinerant freelance technology writer who found a home as an Editor with Thumbsticks. Powered by coffee, RPGs, and local co-op.