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A human foot found in a hot spring may be linked to the July death

The National Park Service released an update Friday on the death of a man whose foot was found inside his shoe in Yellowstone’s hot spring at the end of July.



The National Park Service reported on Friday that a human foot discovered in a shoe in a Yellowstone hot spring may be related to a death that occurred on July 31.

On Tuesday, a park staffer discovered the foot floating in the Abyss Pool, a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park’s West Thumb Geyser Basin.

The park service released a statement saying, “Evidence from the investigation thus far suggests that an incident involving one individual likely occurred on the morning of July 31, 2022, at Abyss Pool.” The park currently holds the opinion that no wrongdoing occurred.

According to the statement, investigators are attempting to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the death.

On Friday, representatives for Park claimed to have no new information regarding the matter.

One of Yellowstone’s deepest hot springs, The Abyss Pool has a temperature of roughly 140 degrees and is more than 50 feet deep.

Following the death of an Oregon man who had fallen into a hot spring in 2016, park officials reported that there have been at least 22 known deaths connected to thermal features in Yellowstone since 1890.

After he and his sister departed the boardwalk, a 23-year-old Portland man tripped and fell into a hot spring next to Porkchop Geyser, according to the park service.

At the 2.2 million-acre park, there have been other more recent incidents involving thermal characteristics that have led to injuries.

Last year, two people were hurt in hot springs, including a 20-year-old woman who entered Maiden’s Grave Spring to save her dog and suffered major burns. The animal was removed, but it later passed away.

The park service estimates that Yellowstone has 10,000 hydrothermal features, more than 500 of which are geysers.