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Foot discovered floating in Yellowstone spring belonged to L.A. man

Part of a human foot discovered floating in a shoe in Yellowstone National Park’s Abyss Pool about three months in the past belonged to a 70-year-old Los Angeles man who died in an unspecified incident, authorities mentioned Thursday.

In the final three weeks, DNA evaluation matched the foot to Il Hun Ro, park officers mentioned. His household has been notified.

On Aug. 16, a park staffer in August discovered the physique half within the Abyss Pool, a well known sizzling spring in Yellowstone’s West Thumb Geyser Basin in northwestern Wyoming, the National Park Service mentioned.

“The investigation determined, to the best of our knowledge, that an unwitnessed incident involving one individual happened on the morning of July 31 … and no foul play occurred,” park officers mentioned. “Based on a lack of evidence, the circumstances surrounding the death of Ro remain unknown.”

The National Park Service’s investigation has concluded, and officers didn’t have further data to share Thursday.

The Abyss Pool plunges greater than 50 toes and is likely one of the deepest sizzling springs in Yellowstone, in keeping with the park service. Its temperature is about 140 levels.

Yellowstone officers mentioned guests ought to use excessive warning round sizzling springs and different thermal options, and will keep on boardwalks and trails.

The floor round hydrothermal areas of the park is skinny and fragile, and scalding water lies slightly below the floor.

Visitors have been severely burned and killed in Yellowstone’s geothermal areas.

On Oct. 4, 2021, a 20-year-old girl from Washington suffered vital burns from her shoulders to her toes when she tried to rescue her canine from Maiden’s Grave Spring, park officers mentioned. The water within the spring reaches 200 levels.

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The girl was transported to a burn heart, and the canine died.

Weeks earlier, on Sept. 16, a 19-year-old girl from Rhode Island suffered second- and third-degree burns to five% of her physique within the Old Faithful space.

And on June 7, 2016, 23-year-old Colin Scott of Portland, Ore., walked off a boardwalk, slipped and fell right into a sizzling spring at Norris Geyser Basin and died, officers mentioned.

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