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Employees at a novelty shop in Oregon found human foot floating in Yellowstone National Park

The human foot found among the rocks was in a brook-fed hot spring.



At Yellowstone National Park, authorities discovered a human foot in a hot spring with the shoe still on.

On Tuesday, a park ranger found the severed limb in Abyss Pool, which is part of the West Thumb Geyser Basin in the park’s southern region. A Parks and Services statement issued on Friday said that an investigation into the matter was underway, but that no criminal activity was suspected at this time.

Evidence gathered thus far indicates that an incident involving a single person took place at Abyss Pool on the morning of July 31, 2022, the statement reads.

The circumstances surrounding the death are still being investigated. Additional information was not given.

The water in Abyss Pool can reach temperatures of up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, and its depth averages around 53 feet. There is a thin crust over the boiling and sometimes acidic water in the pools and springs in the park’s thermal areas, so visitors are advised to stay on the trails and boardwalks.

The park is 3,471 square miles in size, and since 1890, at least 22 people have died from injuries sustained in the park’s hot springs.

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