Yellowstone National Park hot springs foot linked to July 31 death

HELENE, Mont. — Part of a human foot found earlier this week in a shoe floating in a hot spring in the southern part of Yellowstone National Park has been said to be linked to a July 31 death, park officials said Friday.

No third-party fault is suspected while the investigation is ongoing.

The shoe was recovered from the Abyss Pool on Tuesday, park officials reported. News of this discovery prompted a Maryland man to contact the National Park Service to report that on the morning of August 11, he and his family had discovered a high-heeled shoe in the hot spring.

Chris Quinn, of Pasadena, Maryland, said he sent a photo of the shoe to the valet.

While valet didn’t confirm it was the same type of shoe found Tuesday, Quinn said he would be surprised if it wasn’t related to the same incident.

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Abyss Pool, located west of Yellowstone Lake’s West Thumb, is 53 feet deep and the temperature is about 140 degrees Fahrenheit, park officials said.

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

The most recent occurred in June 2016, when Colin Nathaniel Scott, 23, of Portland, Oregon, fell off a boardwalk in the Norris Geyser Basin, slipped on some gravel, and fell into a boiling, acidic spring. No significant human remains remained to be recovered.

The country’s first national park has attracted more than 4 million visitors in recent years, with the exception of 2020 when it was briefly closed due to the pandemic. The park was closed in June due to historic flooding. Its north entrance at Gardiner and its northwest entrance near Cooke City remain closed to vehicles.

Peipert reported from Denver.

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