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. As expected, the popular augmented reality game has spawned a litany of stories of players venturing into weird places, suffering injuries and more. 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.
"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."
She adds that the body was floating about three feet away from the shore and seemed to be an average sized man wearing a black shirt and black pants.
"It was pretty shocking," she continued. "I didn't really know what to do at first. But I called 911 right away and they came really quickly."
She adds that she was rather shaken up after the incident as well.
"I was pretty scared and cried for a while," the teen said.
In a statement the Fremont County Sheriff's Office said, "the death appears to be accidental in nature and possibly that of a drowning.
"There is no evidence at this time that would indicate foul play. Evidence located at the scene has led investigators to believe the man went into the water at the location he was found.
"At this time the investigation is ongoing. Further details as to the circumstances surrounding the death will be released after preliminary autopsy results are received and we have a clearer picture of what occurred."
The incredibly popular game, developed by Niantic Labs and the Pokémon Company, has warned players to "be alert at all times" and remain aware of their surroundings as well as the people around them during gameplay.
In less than a week, the string of bizarre Pokémon Go players' anecdotes include multiple injury reports, one gamer almost getting himself fired for playing the game at work, another catching a Pokemon while his wife gave birth, the Australian police warning players not to actually enter the police station to collect items, as well as stern warnings against trying to catch the digital creatures while driving.
Pokémon Go is now available to download on iOS and Android in the US, Australia, New Zealand and will be "coming soon" to other countries as well.