Pokemon Go player finds dead body in Wyoming river while searching for a Pokestop

Pokemon Go game

A woman playing Pokemon Go has found a dead body in America.

The augmented reality game, which was released last week, gets people to catch virtual monsters using the person's location on their phone.

Nineteen-year-old Shayla Wiggins, from Wyoming, was told to find a Pokemon in a natural water source but instead found a man's corpse.

"I was walking towards the bridge along the shore when I saw something in the water," she told County 10 news.

"I had to take a second look and I realised it was a body."

Shayla Wiggins

Shayla, who's living in a trailer park for the summer with her mum, said she'd jumped over a fence to get to the Pokemon shown on her map.

"It was pretty shocking," she said. "I didn't really know what to do at first. But I called 911 right away and they came really quickly."

The body was found in the Big Wind River under the Wyoming Highway 789 Bridge.

River where body was found

The local police department says there doesn't appear to be any foul play involved.

"The death appears to be accidental in nature and possibly that of a drowning," said the Fremont County Sheriff's Office in a statement.

"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."

Pokemon Go has led to a spate of injuries in America

Pokemon Go logo

The game became the top grossing app in the iPhone store last week after its release in the US, Australia and New Zealand.

The game isn't available in the UK yet and is still to have an official release date confirmed.

Brothers Jon and Ryan Edmonds
Image caption Brothers Jon and Ryan Edmonds can't look away from their phones in Texarkana, Arkansas

Players have already reported wiping out in a variety of ways as they wander the real world with eyes glued to their smartphone screens in search of digital monsters.

Mike Schultz, a 21-year-old communications graduate in Long Island, New York, fell over while looking for Pokemon on his skateboard.

Mike Schultz's hand
Image caption Mike Schultz gave himself this cut after falling off his skateboard

He cut his hand on the pavement after hitting a crack.

How Pokemon Go works

    • The game was created by Niantic Inc, a spin-off of Google parent company Alphabet Inc.
    • You walk around local landmarks - called Pokestops - where you can gather supplies like Pokeballs.
    • You then throw Pokeballs at online "pocket monsters", or Pokemon, to capture them for training.
    • At other locations called "gyms" - Pokemon battle each other for supremacy.

"I just wanted to be able to stop quickly if there were any Pokemons nearby to catch," he says.

"I don't think the company is really at fault."

People have been posting pictures of themselves on social media chasing creatures in lots of potentially dangerous situations.

Zubats and Paras have appeared on car dashboards and Caterpies have been spotted at road junctions.

Police in Darwin, Australia, have asked players not to walk into their station, which is a Pokestop in the game.

"You don't actually have to step inside in order to gain the pokeballs," the Northern Territory Police Fire and Emergency Services says on its Facebook page.

Lindsay Plunkett's shin
Image caption Lindsay Plunkett, a 23-year-old waitress from North Carolina, bruised her shin after tripping over a concrete block while playing Pokemon Go

Kyrie Tompkins, a 22-year-old freelance web designer, fell on the pavement and twisted her ankle while wandering in Waterville, Maine, last week.

"It vibrated to let me know there was something nearby and I looked up and just fell in a hole," she says.

Her parents had to drive her and her fiancé home.

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