19-year-old Riverton resident Shayla Wiggins found the dead body floating in the Wind River this morning around 8:40 a.m. She's living with her mom Shawna Wiggins at the B&K Trailer Park for part of the summer.
Shayla tells County 10 that she woke up this morning and began playing a game on her cell phone called Pokémon Go, an augmented reality game that encourages the user to capture as many Pokémon as possible. "The Pokémon are all over Riverton," she said. Shayla showed County 10 the game on her cellphone which displayed a map of Riverton where these Pokémon are located.
"I was trying to get a Pokémon from a natural water resource," she explained. She said that she jumped over the fence to go towards the river in search of 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 realized it was a body." She said the figure was floating about three feet from the shore and it looked like an average size male body. She reports that she thinks the man was native, but she can't be certain. She saw a black shirt and black pants. All of the body was reportedly submerged except for part of his back and butt.
"It was pretty shocking," Shayla said. "I didn't really know what to do at first. But I called 911 right away and they came really quickly." Shortly after authorities arrived they took Shayla down to the scene where she had indicated she found the body.
On Tuesday, July 12, multiple sources confirm the body found floating in the Wind River by Riverton teen playing Pokémon Go was Jeffrey Day, 28, of Arapahoe. Detectives told Shayla that they thought the body had been there for less than 24 hours.
Shayla was a bit shaken up after the incident. "I was pretty scared and cried for a while," she said.
The Fremont County Sheriff's Office has released the following information: “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.” Read more here.
Feature Photo: Shayla Wiggins looking towards the river behind her house.
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