– A leg fragment was found in a pond in Yellowstone Park
A Yellowstone National Park employee found part of a foot inside a shoe in one of the park’s natural hot pools.
A US national park said Friday that part of a human foot had been found in a hot spring in Yellowstone, and it was investigating the circumstances of the death.
A part of a foot in a shoe was found by an agent on Tuesday in the “Abyss Pool”, one of the park’s deepest pools of naturally warm water (60 degrees Celsius). The first elements of the investigation conducted by the Park Police “suggest that an incident involving an individual may have occurred at Abyss Pool on the morning of July 31, 2022,” the press release stated.
“At this point, the park believes this is not a foul play. The investigation is ongoing to determine the circumstances of the death,” the park added. This is not the first tragic accident at this legendary national park in the American West, which is the nation’s oldest.
Half of the world’s active geysers
In 2016, a teenager died after falling from a footpath into another hot spring, and two others suffered similar severe burns last year. Officials again reminded visitors to stay on the trails and “exercise extreme caution” near geothermal areas.
Yellowstone National Park welcomes 4.8 million visitors in 2021 in the states of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana (Northwest). The park is known for its geothermal activity and is home to half of the world’s active geysers.