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Why Pokémon Go Players Are Going to Keep Finding Dead Bodies

It happens every day.

Pokémon Go will lead to some less-than-cute discoveries. (Image: shah141/DeviantArt)

For the second time in a week, a Pokémon Go player has found a dead body. In the more recent incident. a player was walking around a “popular park” in Nashua, NH, 7News Boston reports, when he found a body floating in the water.

There is a jarring contrast in a story where a person ventures out to play Pokémon Go—with the carefree intention of capturing digital creatures who show no signs of pain or suffering—and instead has to confront death. But the sad fact is that people come across dead bodies every day. Each morning, as I look for unique and intriguing discoveries, I navigate past many stories of people who died in unpleasant ways and whose bodies have been discovered by accident.

This morning, for instance, there were reports of a homeless man whose body was found in a wetland in Raleigh, a newborn baby found dead in a Missouri pond, a hiker found dead in his tent beside a Colorado trail, skeletal remains uncovered on a farm in Ohio, a woman who’d been shot in Indianapolis, a body “believed to be male” found in Paducah, Kentucky, a 17-year-old who died swimming in Washington State, a professor who died after falling into a canyon, and a woman whose body was found under an overpass in Houston.

People going about their normal lives stumble across dead bodies every day: the sample above only includes the incidents that happen to make the news. If people continue playing Pokémon Go with even half the amount of current fervor, players will likely keep discovering dead bodies. There are endless wonderful discoveries to make about the world by just walking around. But there are some darker ones, as well.

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