Foot found in Yellowstone National Park hot spring, investigation ongoing

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — On Tuesday, August 16, a park employee at Yellowstone National Park found part of a foot in a shoe floating in Abyss Pool in the West Thumb Geyser Basin area.

Yellowstone National Park law enforcement officers are investigating and evidence collected so far suggests an incident involving one individual likely occurred on the morning of July 31 at Abyss Pool, but the investigation is continuing to determine the circumstances around the death. However, park officials believe there was no foul play.

The Associated Press reports that news of the discovery led Chris Quinn of Pasadena, Maryland, to contact the National Park Service to report that he and his family had spotted a shoe, floating sole up, in the hot spring on the morning of Aug. 11.

Quinn said in an interview that he sent a photo of the shoe to the park service. Park spokesperson Linda Veress said in an email that officials could not confirm whether the shoe that was found was the same type as the photo.

West Thumb Geyser Basin and the parking lot were temporarily closed to visitors due to the discovery but have since reopened.

Abyss Pool is one of the deepest hot springs in the park with a depth of more than 50 feet, and its temperature is approximately 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Visitors are reminded to stay on boardwalks and trails in thermal areas and exercise extreme caution due to the ground in hydrothermal areas being fragile and thin, and scalding water is just below the surface.

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