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Geocachers Share The Creepiest Things They've Ever Seen

Updated May 18, 2021 26.8k views14 items
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Geocaching is a fun and unique hobby that's equal parts urban exploring and treasure hunting, but sometimes people find more then they bargained for. You never know exactly what you're going to find, which is part of the fun - but that can also lead to some pretty bizarre discoveries. The internet is filled with creepy geocaching stories, in which geocachers happened upon something they definitely didn't expect or want.

The people of Reddit came together to talk about the creepiest things they've ever found while geogaching, and their shared stories might shock you. Some are so terrifying, they may even lead some hobbyists to leave geocaching behind for good.

  • They Found An Explosive Device

    From Redditor /u/haikyyyyyyyylllle:

    Haven’t geocached in years, but I was really into it about 10 years ago, and I came upon what had appeared to be a [homemade explosive]. I contacted authorities, and it turned out I was right. The police told me to make sure to be extremely cautious, as this was apparently becoming a common thing. Glad I always look before I grab, or I might not be here today.

  • They Found Human Ashes

    From Redditor /u/cybug33:

    Found a bison tube inside a cache that was glued shut, so we couldn’t open it, and it was tagged as a trackable. Picked it up to move it along. When we got home and read its description, it claimed to have the ashes of a [deceased] relative enclosed.

  • They Found A Deceased Man In A Car

    From Redditor /u/puntini:

    In my town, there is a giant area full of maybe eight or nine baseball fields. Some are for small children, and others are regulation. So this place is obviously on a huge plot of land, and there are maybe 10 geocaches there. I swung by there one time after work and found maybe four, and I came back the next weekend to find the rest. I remember seeing this lime green car parked in this one parking space far away from everything when I was there last week, but that day, it was still there. I know it hadn’t moved since there was a fast food cup still on the ground behind the back tire. I went up to the car and saw a man slumped over in the driver’s seat. I tried knocking on the window and ended up hitting it hard to see if the man could be woken up. I called the police, and apparently the man had [passed] from an overdose and had been missing for three weeks.

  • They Found Unearthed Bones From A Graveyard

    From Redditor /u/kpo987:

    When my brother was about 11, my family was really into geocaching, so for his birthday, my parents figured a bunch of boys his age should be outside and doing something active, so they went geocaching. The geocach they went to was next to an old graveyard. It was a pretty popular one, and my family had found it before. My dad went out with like seven 11-year-olds. They were searching around when someone (I forget who) found some bones. My dad realized they were human, and they got the hell out of there, and they called non-emergency police. It was as my parents suspected - bones from the old graveyard had shifted over time and had just happened to have emerged from the ground at that spot. But the authorities had to make sure because they were human bones and there might be a possibility of something bad. So for a couple days, there was a whole roped-off dig area with a small team of scientists at this very public spot next to the graveyard and a church.

    That geocach is gone now. I don't know if it was because of this but it was shortly after this happened.