Teens, filming a TikTok, find dead body in suitcase after using popular exploring app Randonautica

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A group of teenagers in Seattle found a suitcase containing human remains near a shoreline after a popular smartphone app, Randonautica, prompted them to explore the area.

The group had been filming their explorations and posted a video to TikTok, a social media platform. User @ughhenry posted the TikTok on June 20 and it shows the group stumbling upon a small, black suitcase.
At first, childish laughs permeate the video as they initially think it’s filled with money, a caption reads. Egged on by the group, one girl opens the top and lifts it from a distance using a wooden stick, revealing a black plastic bag filled with something.

“As soon as she opened it, the smell was overwhelming,” read one of the video captions.

They then called the police, the video shows. The next clip shows police and fire trucks surrounding the beach.

Seattle police later confirmed the contents inside the suitcase were human remains and said investigators had found several other bags in the area, also body parts.

KING 5, a local news outlet, reported the remains belonged to 53-year-old Jessica Lewis and 27-year-old Austin Wenner. Both died on June 16 from multiple gunshot wounds. Seattle police said the case is still an open homicide investigation.

Randonautica told BuzzFeed News it was “shocked at the very unfortunate coincidence.”

“Our first reaction was to reach out to the teenagers to make sure they were doing alright. We sent a message letting them know the intention of Randonautica is not to find something disturbing like this,” it said.

The exploring app has gained popularity since much of the world entered lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The app generates random coordinates in a user’s general vicinity that the user, called a Randonaut, can then travel to. The idea is meant to encourage a “choose your own adventure” reality game.

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face palm says:

Update: the bodies were that of a couple who were murdered by their landlord.

ShadowJason says:

To the 1% of people who see this have a great day/night and I wish you all the best stay safe and be grateful for everything in your life❤️

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