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Foot found in Yellowstone hot springs linked to July death

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Amy Beth Hanson And Thomas Peipert

In this photo provided by the National Park Service is the Abyss Pool hot spring in the southern part of Yellowstone National Park, Wy., in June 2015.
The Park Service provided Abyss Pool Hot Springs in the southern part of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in June 2015. Photo by Diane Lenkin /THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Helena, Mont. The discovery of part of a human foot inside a shoe floating in a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park earlier this week is thought to be linked to a person's death last month, park officials said.

An investigation into the July 31 death is ongoing but officials do not suspect foul play, park officials said in a statement. The statement gave no details about how the death was believed to have occurred, nor did it identify the deceased or say why authorities do not suspect foul play.

The shoes were recovered from the park's Abyss pool on Tuesday after an employee found them, park officials said.

Upon word of the find, a man in Maryland contacted the National Park Service and told them that on the morning of August 11, he and his family found shoes with floating soles in hot springs. reported to have found

Chris Quinn, of Pasadena, Md., said in an interview that he sent photos of the shoes to the Park Service. Authorities said they were unable to confirm whether the shoes shown in Quinn's photo were the same type.

The Abyss Pool, west of the West Thumb area of ​​Yellowstone Lake, is 53 feet (16 meters) deep and has a temperature of about 140 degrees (60 degrees Celsius). said a park official.

Park visitors are warned to stay on the boardwalks and trails in the hot spring area. In some pools and springs, there is a thin, fragile crust that covers scalded and acidic water.

At least 22 people are known to have died from hot spring-related injuries in and around the 3,471-square-mile (9,000-square-kilometer) park since 1890, according to national park officials.

The most recent death occurred in June 2016 when a Portland, Oregon man emerged from the park's Norris Geyser Basin boardwalk and slipped on gravel into a boiling acid spring. occurred in No significant human remains were recovered.

The United States' first national park has attracted more than 4 million annual visitors in recent years, not including 2020, when it was temporarily closed due to a pandemic.

Historic flooding closed the entire park for part of June. The north and northeast entrances of the park are still closed to vehicles.

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