A group of Seattle teenagers was participating in a new TikTok challenge last Friday, June 19, when they made a tragic and disturbing discovery. The “Randonaut” TikTok challenge involves using a separate app to generate random coordinates nearby, which the youngsters used for exploring. What they found, however, has shaken them to the core: human remains stuffed into a luggage bag.
The kids happened upon the grisly sight while participating in TikTok’s “#RandonautChallenge,” which also involves the separate app Randonautica. In this app, users designate an area from which Randonautica picks a random set of coordinates. The idea behind the challenge is that users then go to the coordinates provided and share what they find there. While similar to geocaching, the new trend seems to differ in that there’s no guarantee of finding a hidden object.
Now, officials have released the identities of the human remains and are calling for the public to provide any information they may have. PEOPLE reports that Seattle Police are investigating the shootings of Jessical Lewis, 36, and her boyfriend, Austin “Cash” Wenner, 27.
WARNING: The clip includes potentially disturbing content and strong language.
When TikTok user @UghHenry tried out the challenge, however, he and his friends did find something. After arriving at a beachfront location at the app’s behest, the group noticed a black luggage bag lying on the rocks below the pier.
“We were joking that maybe the suitcase would have money,” a caption on the video reads as a young girl climbs down to investigate. They quickly notice a foul smell coming from the bag.
“As SOON as she opened it, the smell was overwhelming,” another caption reads as another girl uses a stick to open the case. Inside, unidentified objects wrapped in black plastic bags are visible.
“OK, so she’s calling the police so we can see if it’s a dead body or if it’s just… food,” one teen says as another dials a phone. The video then cuts to footage of emergency response vehicles gathering at the site.
According to a later statement from Seattle PD, which @UghHenry included at the end of his clip, the bag was later confirmed to have contained human remains.
“Police responded after receiving a call of a suspicious bag on the beach,” the statement read. “Another bag was found in the water. Once the contents were determined to be remains, detectives responded to begin their investigation.”
Meanwhile, @UghHenry went into the comments of his video to say that, while he and his friends were laughing in the TikTok of the randonaut challenge, it was their way of coping with a distressing situation. The TikTok user says that everyone from the group is having trouble sleeping in the aftermath.
“Something traumatic happened that changed my life today,” he wrote alongside the TikTok clip of the chilling discovery.
The Ongoing Investigation
Seattle police believe that the video was not staged, and don’t think that the TikTok users were involved with the crime in any way, according to PEOPLE.
They believe that the couple was killed three days before their remains were discovered on June 19. Lewis was shot multiple times while Wenner died from a single gunshot wound.
The police have not made any motives or possible suspects public. A GoFundMe was created to raise reward money for any tips on the case. The page states, “Jessica & Cash were good-hearted people. She leaves behind 4 beautiful children. Their parents and family are heartbroken beyond words. Along with countless friends and loved ones.”
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Seattle Police Department’s Violent Crimes tip line at 206-233-5000.