A partial foot in a shoe was discovered in a hot spring in Yellowstone


A partial foot in a shoe was found floating in one of the deepest hot springs in Yellowstone Park, prompting an investigation by the National Park Service.

An employee made the discovery Tuesday, according to a statement from Morgan Warthin, public affairs officer for Yellowstone National Park. The foot was found in the hot spring Abyss Pool, located in the West Thumb Geyser Basin in the southern part of the park, Warthin said.

The basin and parking lot were temporarily closed, but have since reopened, Warthin said.

Authorities with the park have ruled out malicious intent, the National Park Service said in a press release Friday, pointing to a possible death last month.

“Evidence from the investigation to date suggests that an incident involving one person likely occurred on the morning of July 31, 2022 at Abyss Pool,” the press release said.

Investigators are still trying to determine the circumstances surrounding the death, officials said.

The Abyss Pool has a depth of up to 53 feet, according to the National Park Service. It has a temperature of about 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius), Warthin said.

Water in these hot springs can “seriously burn visitors,” the agency warns on its website.

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