A TikTok video that has since gone viral shows two teenage girls discovering a suitcase containing body parts on a Seattle beach. Police confirm human remains were found. The suitcase was found using the Randonautica app, which sent them to the crime scene location.
In the TikTok, two girls are at the beach and discover a black suitcase on the shore against some sharp rocks. When they open it, they discover a black bag inside and reveal it smells disgusting. The post by TikTok user “Ugh Henry” is captioned, “Something traumatic happened that changed my life checkkkk 😐🥺 @natthecvt #fyp #viral #crime #murder #randonautica #randonauting #scary #washington.”
Another caption in the video explains, “Randonaut sent us to this part of the beach…and we found this black suitcase. We were joking that maybe the suitcase would have money. As SOON as she opened it, the smell was overwhelming.”
The girls called the local police, They said they were scared and nervous. Pretty soon, officers arrived and it turned into a crime scene. Then things got super real.
Randonautica is a random number generator that uses specific coordinates within a set radius of your current GPS location that you can travel to as a way of exploring the world around you. People gather these coordinates through a dedicated app, Randonautica, where users can further define what they want to encounter. The app encourages users to set a personal intention before visiting said locations in hopes of uncovering ‘synchronicities’, coincidences or occurrences outside of usual patterns of experience. The hashtag #radonautchallenge has taken off on TikTok in particular.
The Seattle Police Department confirmed the discovery in a news release, stating “Detectives are currently investigating after several bags containing human remains weer located near the water in the 1100 block of Alki Avenue SW this afternoon.”
Police responded after receiving a call of a suspicious bag on the beach. Another bag was located in the water. Once the contents were determined to be remains, detectives responded to begin their investigation. Harbor Patrol is assisting on the call, and detectives will work closely with the King County Medical Examiner’s Office as the investigation proceeds. This remains an active and on-going investigation.
There is no indication yet whether they belong to one person or more than one person, and no cause of death has yet been determined. At first, it wasn’t clear what was in the bags.
West Seattle blog noted that police found “a black plastic bag that smelled really bad.” A woman wrote on that comment thread, “My kids and I were driving Alki when we happened upon the scene. We saw SPD zipping someone (or something) into a full-size black body bag. And over the radio they talked about sweeping the scene. So much for taking the kids to the beach. My condolences to whoever it may be.”
Some kids on tiktok found the body that was discovered on alki beach this past weekend using a geocaching type app and I am so shook.
— dashboard professional (@ArryTron) June 21, 2020
For any readers interested in trying Randonautica yourselves, here’s the download link.